The whole world is mourning after Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter, who was 13, lost their lives in a tragic accident. And now, his well-wishers have been giving tribute by chanting his name ‘Kobe’ before throwing their shots.
Kobe Bryant was a famous former basketball player who had served his twenty years as shooting guard for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Kobe was one of the most iconic players who didn’t miss any chance to mesmerize his well-wishers with amazing shots and scoring skills.
Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1978. Kobe had celebrated his birthday on 23rd August and died at the age of 41. Kobe held the American nationality and African-American ethnicity. He was the son of Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. He was raised with two siblings named Sharia Bryant and Shaya Bryant. He earned graduation from Lower Merion.
Death Cause and Funeral
The Former Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, aged 41, died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter, Gianna Bryant, aged 13. Their helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, on 26th January 2020.
The Lady Mavericks’ team director, Evelyn Morales, said, On Sunday, Kobe and Gianna Marian Onore Bryant, were on their way at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball match. There, Gianna was about to play, while Kobe expected to coach.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, the helicopter crashed, which caused a brush fire, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The crash also killed all nine people on-board. Among them, John Altobelli, 56 – Orange Coast College baseball coach, John’s wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa was the victim.
Also, Christina Mauser, an assistant girl basketball coach at Harbor Day School, got killed in the crash.
On Kobe and Gianna death, the NBA released a statement by twitting,
Kobe began his basketball career after getting drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association(NBA). Then, he was traded to play for the Los Angeles Lakers team. Eventually, he became the youngest player ever to play in NBA in 1996-1997. He even served Lakers for 20 years and called it to quit.
Taking a glance in his career highlight and awards, Kobel has earned five-time NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010), 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010), 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016) and 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011). He was also NBA Most Valuable Player (2008), NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997), Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996), and many more.
From his professional career, Kobe has bagged a salary of $25 million from his last season in the NBA. According to celebritynetworth, he earns an estimation of $250 million from the endorsement, including Sprite, Nike, Lenovo, Hublot, McDonald, and many more.
Despite that, Kobe has a 10% equity share form the Body Armour company, which he bought in March of 2014 for $6 million. Before taxes, his investment was worth $200 million by 2018.
Before his death, Kobe Bryant had a net worth of $600 million.
Married to Wife, Vanessa Bryant
Vanessa was married to her husband, Kobe Bryant, in April 2001. There wedding was held at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. At that time, she was aged 18. However, Kobe’s parents didn’t attend their wedding because she was too young to be married to him.
Then, Vanessa and her husband moved from their home, Pacific Palisades, to Newport Coast to be closer to her family. According to The Los Angeles Times, it was a hard time for his parents in the fact that Kobe was sharing oath to a Latina woman instead of an African American woman.
Despite that, Vanessa and Kobe has welcome four daughters in their family. Natalia was their first child in 2003. Then in early 2005, they suffered a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy. After ten years, Kobe took the blame for his wife’s miscarriage by saying to the New York Daily News that,
“[It’s] something I gotta carry forever. The reality is it happened because of me. That’s something I have to deal with, The reality is it happened because of me. That’s something I have to deal with. We were expecting…and um…expecting our second child during that time…and there was just so much stress, she actually, she actually miscarried.
They gave birth to their second daughter Gianna in 2006. But, she passed away in the crash with her father, Kobe. After ten years, they were blessed with the third daughter named Bianka in 2016. In 2019, their youngest child named Capri was born.
Former basketball player, Kobe possessed African-American ethnicity. He was born into parents, Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. his father was the former NBA player who retired when he was six-year-old. He got raised along with two siblings named Shaya Bryant and Sharia Bryant.
Kobe got known by his nickname, Black Mamba. At the age of three, he started playing basketball and grew up dreaming of becoming the Lakers. Eventually, he graduated from Lower Merion.
Body Measurements: Height and Weight
Kobe height held 6 feet and 6 inches and weighed 96 kg. He had black eye color and black hair color.