Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Gianna, 13, Dead In Helicopter Crash With Dad – Hollywood Life

Kobe Bryant, 41, died with his daughter Gianna, 13, onboard a helicopter that went down in Calabasas, California on Jan. 26.

Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna, 13, was flying in the helicopter that crashed and killed all five people onboard, ESPN and TMZ are both reporting. The news is a heartbreaking blow that comes on the heels of the shock that the NBA legend died at just 41 on Jan. 26. Kobe leaves behind his wife Vanessa, 37, and their three other daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months. ESPN reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted, “Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.” TMZ also reported on the heartbreaking development, writing that Kobe’s reps confirmed the news to them. A source told the site that father and daughter were en route to Thousand Oaks, California to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice.

It’s a huge tragedy for the proud dad’s family. Kobe’s social media accounts are full of pictures of the daughters that he doted on. Just seven days before the horrific crash he posted a photo of his eldest daughter, Natalia, who turned 17 on Jan. 19. He captioned an Instagram photo of her, “Happy Birthday my baby. I love you beyond measure. You will always be my little Principessa #17.” Less than a month earlier, on Christmas Day he shared a collage of festive photos that showed him snuggling with all of his daughters, including his youngest Capri and toddler Bianka. On Sept. 13 he posted a photo of him hugging Gianna. “My Gigi,” he captioned the photo using the teen’s nickname.

Just in September last year the proud dad gushed about his kids and about being a father as he promoted his children’s book Legacy & The Queen. “I have four girls at home and wanted to make sure that’s important that they see characters that look like them that are also athletes,” he told Good Morning America about penning a book about a female child tennis player. “They get tired of hearing my voice of be persistent, work hard, believe in yourself.”

Kobe on Gianna: “The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me ..

They’ll be like “you gotta have a boy, have soembody carry on the legacy… she’s like, “oh, I got this!”pic.twitter.com/rsIgOXbNlI

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 26, 2020

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He also joked about having a 16-year-old and the prospect of dating. Asked what it must be like being Kobe Bryant and having boys coming to the door to date his daughter, he joked, “Fortunately for me we haven’t really had that happen.” He also added, “I don’t really want to think about that. But that’s every father. Stay away. Stay away. I’m kidding though.”

Shortly after the news broke of Gianna’s death, a Sept. 2018 clip of Kobe on Jimmy Kimmel Live bursting with pride about his daughter surfaced on Twitter. When asked if his daughter is interested in playing in the WNBA, he said, “She does, for sure. This kid man.” He added, “I’m telling you. The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans come up to me, and she’ll be standing next to me. And they’ll be like, ‘You gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy man, have somebody to carry on your tradition and the legacy.’ And she’s like, ‘Oi, I got this. You don’t need no boy for that. I got this.” And I’m like, ‘That’s right. Yes you do. You got this.’

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Who Is Vanessa Bryant? 5 Things To Know About Kobe’s Wife – Hollywood Life

Vanessa Bryant was just 37 years old when she tragically lost her husband, Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old daughter, Gia, in a fatal helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020.

Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant‘s, heart likely shattered into a million pieces on Jan. 26, when she learned that her husband, who is and will always be known as one of the greatest NBA players of all time, as well as their 13-year-old daughter, Gia, died in a helicopter crash. Kobe, who was only 41 at the time of his death, was reportedly traveling with four other people, including his daughter, Gia, at the time of the crash, according to TMZ. There were no survivors. Fortunately, Vanessa wasn’t one of the people on the helicopter, but she will likely forever be heartbroken over this horrific tragedy. Want to know more about her? See five facts below.

1. Despite her husband’s fame, Vanessa leads a rather private life. She has 1.9 million followers on Instagram, but her account is private. She was born Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta on May 5, 1982.

2. Kobe and Vanessa got married in 2001. The NBA player once confessed that he met his wife in 1999. He was 21 years old at the time, and she was 17. According to E! True Hollywood Story, Kobe proposed to her six months after they met, and they did not sign a prenuptial agreement.

Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020

3. Their marriage also survived a sexual assault lawsuit. Kobe was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker in 2004. However, he said that the sexual encounter was consensual, and apologized for cheating on his wife. Sexual assault charges were filed against the basketball player in September 2004, but the case was dropped three weeks after it was filed because the woman didn’t want to proceed.

4. Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe in 2011. She cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split, but in 2013, the couple announced that they had called off their divorce, and they remained married up until his death.

5. She and Kobe Bryant have four children together and all four are girls. Natalia Diamante was born in January 2003, Gianna Maria-Onore, who was in the helicopter with Kobe and died, was born in May 2006, Bianka Bella was born in Dec. 2016, and Capri Kobe was born in June 2019. At the time of his retirement in 2015, she released a statement saying, “I’m so excited to see what God has in store for us as a family now that one chapter is closing and new ones are opening”. Now, following the tragedy, it has become a heartbreaking message.

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