Iyanla Vanzant Reveals Death of Youngest Daughter

Iyanla Vanzant attends the 48th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS on Saturday February 11, 2017 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California - USA/Shutterstock

Iyanla Vanzant, the spiritual life coach and relationship expert who starred on OWN’s Iyanla: Fix My Life, has announced the death of her youngest daughter, Nisa.

A July 30 post on Vanzant’s verified Instagram page shared the news of Nisa’s passing. The post listed her birth and death years as 1974 and 2023.

“It is with great sorrow that we announce the transition of Nisa Vanzant the youngest daughter of our Beloved Iyanla Vanzant we are asking for your prayers. Please respect the privacy of her and her family at this time,” the post read.

Nisa was 49. No cause of death was given.

A rep for Vanzant confirmed Nisa’s death on Monday to Urban Hollywood 411.

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Vanzant, 69, lost her daughter Gemmia to colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2003. In an interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today co-host’s “Making Space” podcast, Vanzant discussed the heartbreak of losing a child.

“It changes who you are as a woman. It changed who I was as a woman, first for the worse, and then for the better,” Vanzant said as reported by Black Enterprise. “God must’ve really, really trusted me to give me a soul to bring into life and to trust me with the courage to send her out.”

She has a surviving son named Damon.

Vanzant gained a devoted following when she hosted her self-help series on OWN. Over seven seasons, the popular unscripted show guided families, individuals, and celebrities as they dealt with trauma, fractured relationships, and life crises. The series concluded its run in 2021.

In a 2020 interview with YouTube content creator Danielle Young, Vanzant said she decided to leave the show because she had grown tired of dealing with difficult people.

“The one thing that eight years of Fix My Life has taught me is how mean and nasty and unkind we are. I don’t want that energy in my life anymore,” Vanzant told Young.