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Actor Bill Cosby's son found shot to death

scene January 16, 1997
Web posted at: 2:05 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The only son of entertainer Bill Cosby was found shot to death early Thursday morning lying next to his car, which was parked along a major freeway in the affluent Bel Air area of Los Angeles.

Police said they were seeking a white male suspect.

Los Angeles Police Commander Tim McBride speaking at press conference

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The body of Ennis William Cosby, in his 20s, was discovered by a motorist passing by about 1:40 a.m., police said. The dark green Mercedes-Benz convertible, with emergency flashers blinking, was parked near the Mulholland Drive off-ramp of the San Diego Freeway.

"We were notified about 1:40 a.m. by the California Highway Patrol that a (murder) had occurred at the location," Officer Helen Lloyd said.


Bill Cosby appeared stern and flushed when seen outside his apartment on Manhattan's upper East Side Thursday morning.

He shook his head and, when condolences were offered by a reporter, said, "He was my hero" before going inside the building.

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Earlier Cosby released a statement through his publicist which said, "We have every confidence in the LAPD. Our hearts go out to each and every family that has suffered such an incident. This is a life experience that is truly difficult to share."


The unidentified passerby, a woman, told police she was driving by and noticed a man lying by the side of the road, investigators said. She stopped to help and discovered he was dead.

"We are questioning the witness," Lloyd said.

Cosby and wife Camille also have four daughters: Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin. Each of the children's names begins with the letter "E" to represent excellence.

Bill Cosby, executive producer of "Cosby," stars as Hilton Lucas, a husband and father in the midst of corporate downsizing. The popular comedian has also authored the books "Fatherhood," "Time Flies" and "Childhood."


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