What happened to Iyanla Vanzant’s daughter?


Following the passing of Iyanla Vanzant’s daughter Nisa in July 2023, the cause of her death remains undisclosed. The family has chosen to keep details surrounding Nisa’s passing private, requesting respect and privacy during their time of mourning.

In a podcast interview with Hoda Kotb on the Making Space podcast in 2021, Vanzant shared her thoughts on her daughter Gemmia’s passing, stating, “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 also mentioned how journaling helped her cope with the pain of losing her daughter.

In a subsequent interview with Tamron Hall in November 2023, Vanzant alluded to the complexities of a parent-child relationship and how a child may bring to light subconscious issues within the parent. She emphasized that a child, especially a daughter, reflects elements within the parent, showing aspects that might have been concealed.


Iyanla Vanzant began her career as a public defender before rising to prominence in the 1990s with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She later hosted two talk shows, “Iyanla” and “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” and has authored multiple books. She has one surviving son named Damon, who was 53 years old at the time of Nisa’s passing.