Inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant has announced the tragic death of her youngest daughter, Nisa.
Vanzant shared a picture of a lit white candle as she announced Nisa’s death in an Instagram post.
Who was Nisa Vanzant?
Born in 1974, Nisa was the youngest daughter of Iyanla.
Details of her death have not yet been announced.
Little is publicly known about Nisa’s life.
Her mother announced the tragic news to her 1.7 million followers on her Instagram account.
The post said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nisa Vanzant, the youngest daughter of our beloved Iyanla Vanzant. We ask for your prayers.
“Please respect her and her family’s privacy at this time. Thank you very much.”
Nisa’s death comes almost 20 years after the death of Iyanla’s daughter, Gemmia, on Christmas Day 2003 following a fight with colon cancer.
Who is Life Coach Iyanla Vanzant?
Vanzant is a TV star and life coach, known for her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the author of numerous books.
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She was born Rhonda Eva Harris on September 13, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City.
Her parents were Sarah Jefferson and Horace Harris, her mother died of breast cancer in 1955.
She was raised by relatives on her father’s side.
In 1983 she was ordained a priestess in the Yoruba tradition and given the title “Iyanla”, meaning “great mother”.
She attended Medgar Evers College and then Virginia Union University.
Vanzant also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the City University of New York School of Law and a master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica, Center for the Study and Practice of Spiritual Psychology.
She is also an ordained New Thought minister.
In 2000, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony magazine.
According to the publication, “Her books, speaking engagements, and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships.”
Then, in 2016, Vanzant was named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.
She also hosted the TV show Iyanla: Fix My Life which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network between June 2012 and May 2021.
Vanzant and her husband Yemi divorced in 2007.
What did Iyanla Vanzant say about her daughter?
Vanzant has not spoken about her daughter since her death.
In the past, however, she has shared her thoughts on how to deal with personal tragedy.
During an interview with MSNBC In 2022, she emphasized the importance of being able to process the initial shock and horror of any significant change.
She advised proceeding step by step and stressed the importance of daily spiritual practices in order to progress.