Keisha Nash Dead at 52

( – After years of battling anorexia, actress Keisha Nash-Whitaker died this month at the age of 51, although no details have yet been released of a cause or location of death.

News of Nash-Whitaker’s death broke on Thursday morning, December 7, when one of her daughters, True Whitaker, posted an Instagram Story about her mother’s death. The post featured a picture of a young Nash-Whitaker accompanied by a message from her daughter that read, “Goodbye, mommy. I love you forever and beyond.” True described her mother as “the most beautiful woman in the world” and thanked her.

Nash-Whitaker was the ex-wife of award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. They met on the set of the 1994 action movie Blown Away, which Whitaker starred in; Nash-Whitaker was cast as the lead role’s girlfriend. In interviews, she says she already knew of Whitaker because she saw him act in the 1991 crime-comedy A Rage in Harlem before she met him. In a 2020 interview, Nash-Whitaker said she knew “right away” that “Forest had a gentle soul and a nice spirit.”

The two tied the knot in 1996 in Jamaica. Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Whitaker filed for divorce in 2018. The couple had two children together. Aside from their youngest daughter, True, who is 25, they share a 27-year-old daughter named Sonnet. Both each had a child from their previous relationships as well.

In a 2009 Parade interview, Whitaker said he’s “not a tough love guy” and Nash-Whitaker was “much stronger with the kids.” The 62-year-old actor said his children only came to him when they wanted to “slip something by” and knew he was “the easy one” compared to his ex-wife.

Nash-Whitaker was born on March 8, 1972, in Boston, Massachusetts. She portrayed roles in the hit AMC series The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Eternals. Her most famous role was in the 2004 drama Proud as the character Collette. She also produced the 2008 documentary about Ugandan boxer Kassim Ouma called Kassim the Dream.

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