Update! Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And His Daughter Gianna Along With 7 Other Passengers Died In The Helicopter Crash In California!

Update! Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant And His Daughter Gianna Along With 7 Other Passengers Died In The Helicopter Crash In California!

The NBA player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old Gianna Maria Onore Bryant died in the helicopter crash.

The late basketball legend was the family man with his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant and four children. The news of the death of the basketball player has left everyone devastated and sad.

Kobe Bryant and Gianna died in the helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant and Gianna died in a crash (Source: Fox News)

The NBA legend Kobe Bryant and her daughter were going to Mamba Sports Academy on a private helicopter. There were seven other people in the helicopter Sikorsky S-76B along with the pilot. Everyone died in the crash on the helicopter which crashed into a hillside in Calabasas.

On Sunday they were about to show up at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game. Gianna was about to play in the game, meanwhile, Kobe was about to coach.

The helicopter crashed about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby mentioned that the crash caused a bush fire and everyone in the crash died.

The basketball player loved the helicopter. About a decade ago, GQ Magazine mentioned he always took his helicopter to the work. At the time, he mentioned:

Kobe Bryant with his wife and daughters (Source: Hawai Public Radio)
“He takes a private helicopter from Orange County, where he lives with his wife and two children, to every home game. It’s a nice dash of glitz, a touch of showbiz (but) Bryant says the helicopter is just another tool for maintaining his body. It’s no different than his weights or his whirlpool tubs or his custom-made Nikes.”
At the time, the sources also mentioned that broken fingers, fragile knees, sore back, and achy feet won’t let them sit in the car for more than two hours.

Other people on the crash

All people who died in a helicopter crash in California (Source: KUSI)

Before the report, the sheriff’s department said five people were killed in the crash. Tony Altobelli updated  Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and his daughter Alyssa also died in the crash. As per him, Alyssa and Gianna were the teammates. Another person in the crash Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School also died in the crash. Her husband shared a status on Facebook which reads:

“My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.”

Like father like daughter: Kobe Bryant and Gianna

Just like her father, Gianna also followed in the footsteps of Kobe. The father-daughter duo shared the same love for basketball.

Back in 2018, on Jimmy Kimmel’s Live, he mentioned she wanted to play in the WNBA. The NBA legend started his career in the NBA after high school.

He also became the league’s youngest player in history. The NBA player spent the next 20 seasons of his professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gianna followed in the footstep of her father Kobe Bryant (Source: Talkative)

Kobe also stated to the Los Angeles Times last year that Gianna whose nickname is Gigi was fixed on playing for the University of Connecticut and in the W.N.B.A.

Last year the father-daughter duo showed up in UConn’s senior day rout of the University of Houston. At the time, the coach mentioned his presence caused some nerves for the players. Furthermore, the coach stated:

“Kobe was a little bit of a distraction. We were hoping he would just send Gigi, his daughter, and him stay home so he wouldn’t cause that distraction but we couldn’t arrange that.”

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More About Vanessa Laine Bryant

Vanessa Laine Bryant is an American model and businesswoman. Additionally, she is the wife of former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. She has also appeared in ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’. See more bio…

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Source: CNN, Fox News, Times, Access