Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter also died in the helicopter crash that killed her father on Sunday, 26 January

The 41-year-old basketball legend was among five people to have died when his private helicopter crashed in Calabasas on Sunday morning, and it has now been confirmed that his daughter Gianna was also on board, and has passed away.

According to TMZ, Kobe and Gianna were headed to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice at the time of the crash, which killed everyone on board.

The names of the other three people killed in the incident have not been revealed, but it is believed that Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother Vanessa Bryant was not on board, and neither were their three other children, 17-year-old Natalia, three-year-old Bianka, and seven-month-old Capri.

 

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My Gigi

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A general view outside the Staples Center where a makeshift memorial for Kobe Bryant has been set up by fans who have gathered to honour the basketball star after news broke of his death
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Vanessa is yet to publicly comment on the tragic news.

As of the time of writing, the crash is still under investigation, and it is not yet known what caused the helicopter to go down.

Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, making 18 All-Star teams during his 20-year career with the LA Lakers, as well as being a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and being named the league MVP in 2008.

The Lakers famously retired both Kobe’s jerseys, number 8 and 24, and he is the only player in team history to have received that honour.

Kobe also achieved success in the film world, winning an Oscar for his short film, Dear Basketball, in 2018.

Meanwhile Shaquille O’Neal has led the celebrity tributes to Kobe and his daughter

The fellow NBA star Shaquille took to social media to pay his respects to his late friend.

He wrote on Twitter: “There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW (sic)”

Former US president Barack Obama also used Twitter to pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna, dubbing the tragedy “unthinkable”.

He wrote: “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”

Whilst musician John Legend tweeted: “I’m so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle. Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe.”

Kevin Hart, Diddy, Kim Kardashian, Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pharrell Williams are also among those who have expressed their “shock” and “sadness” upon hearing the news.

 

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I have no words…All I have is real tears….This is beyond heartbreaking…#prayingforthebryantfamily #RIPGianna #RIPKobe

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💔please everyone pray for Vanessa and the family 🙏🏿

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Whoopi wrote: “RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson, extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family (sic).”

Author: BANG Showbiz