Gianna Bryant “Gigi” Died At 13 In A Helicopter Crash With Father, Kobe Bryant: Explained

Gianna Bryant "Gigi"

Nobody knows the next step of nature as it always goes on changing, the same case happens with life. Today’s topic is about a dreamer, Gianna Bryant who closed her eyes before fulfilling her dreams. Sad to say, late Gianna Bryant had already left the world at such an early age of 13. She was heading to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when the event took place.

Gianna was not only the one who was going but she was with her father, Kobe Bryant on-board. Unexpectedly, their helicopter ended up crashing in jungles which didn’t leave anyone alive. As soon as the news of their death came into media, headlines started spreading out to the public.

Let’s understand in detail what actually happened. Also, let’s discuss Ginna Bryant’s biography and her relationship with dad.

Gianna Bryant Died In Early Age Of 13

Gianna Bryant was born on 1st May 2006 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Her father, Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. As a matter of fact, he never changed the team and played all 20-season careers with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kobe holding Gianna after winning against Orlando Magic on 14th June 2009
Kobe holding Gianna after winning against Orlando Magic on 14th June 2009
Image Source: CNN

On the other hand, Gianna was very close to her mother, Vanessa Laine. Although the married life of her parents was quite complicated, they had always managed to live together. She was raised along with her three siblings, whereas, she was the second daughter among four sisters.

Gianna was a very passionate girl and was following the footsteps of her father. The father and daughter also had appeared in many events and had explored their love and in-between-relationship in the media. Gianna’s dream was to become a professional basketball player, just like her father. Sadly, she died at the age of 13 in 2020.

Let’s find out how?

Cause of Death: Tragic Helicopter Crash

As we also mentioned earlier, Gianna Bryant was on board with her father, Kobe Bryant. There were also other passengers and an inside crew team including the pilot. The helicopter crash took place while they were heading at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.

They were going there because Gianna was going to play a basketball game. Meanwhile, her father, Bryant was asked to coach her team. Kobe had always been very supportive of his daughter and he was just traveling there for her development.

Late Kobe Bryant with his late daughter, Gianna Bryant
Late Kobe Bryant with his late daughter, Gianna Bryant
Image Source: Instagram hashtags

Their helicopter crash was taken place in California on Sunday, 26th January 2020. No one had ever expected that the death of a great sports player will leave the world taking the hands of his daughter. Someway it confirms that the relationship between (father) Kobe and (daughter) Gianna was never breakable.

One of the creation of Kobe's well-wisher
One of the creations of Kobe’s well-wisher
Source: Instagram hashtags

After the tragic death of Kobe, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver who always looked after him told the news:

Bryant will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.

During the time of their death, Ginna Bryant was 13 years old. Kobe Bryant was at the age of 41. May their soul rest in peace.

Let’s Look At Her Life Facts

1. Siblings

Gianna Bryant was raised along with her three sisters. Although the relationship of her parents was not going very well, her father, Kobe always motivated all his daughters to live an independent life. The names and birth dates of her sisters are given below:

  • Natalia Bryant (elder sister, born in January 2003)
  • Bianka Bella Bryant (mid-younger sister, born in December 2016)
  • Capri Kobe Bryant (younger sister, born in June 2019)

Gianna was the second daughter in her family and among her siblings. She had maintained a healthy bond with her sisters. Well, they are gonna miss Gianna for sure.

Relationship of Parents

Kobe Bryant was married to his first partner and now widow wife, Vanessa Laine. The duo had known each other after Kobe met Laine while she was performing as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video titled G’d UP. After dating for nearly six months, they got engaged. When they had met, Kobe was 21 whereas Laine was 17.

The family picture of late Kobe Bryant with his daughters and wife
The family picture of late Kobe Bryant with his daughters and widow wife while expecting their fourth child
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They had their wedding against the wish of their parents on 18th April 2001. Their ceremony was held at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in California. Vanessa was not African-American and that was the reason their parents never accepted their marriage. Also, Kobe was too young to get married at that time according to his parents.

However, Kobe’s parents agreed after they became grandparents. After the birth of Gianna, her mother, Vanessa filed for a divorce in 2011 citing “irreconcilable differences” which was later called off. After the couple came to an agreement to lead a happy married life, they gave birth to two more daughters. However, one of Vanessa’s daughters, Gianna and her husband, Kobe had already left the family forever.

Passionate Basketball Player

We mentioned many times earlier that Gianna Bryant was so much passionate about sports, especially basketball. The inspiration for her dream of becoming a professional basketball player was her only father, Kobe. Once in a podcast, Kobe revealed what his daughter loved to watch sports, especially basketball. He told:

Do you know what’s funny? So before Gigi got into basketball, I hardly watched NBA games. But now that’s she’s into basketball it’s on every night. And I mean every game. She watches everything. She watches who I would watch, I guess.


Kobe had also mentioned during the same podcast on 9th January that Gianna was the reason for him to watch more NBA games after he took retirement. He always wanted to coach his daughter in order to develop her sport skills. Before he could manage more time with Gianna, they both left everything behind.

Social Media Engagement

Gianna Bryant was not engaged in any social media sites before her death. She was so small in handling these things and was focusing on her studies as well as sports. However, she kept making appearances on his father’s social media accounts. Kobe had shared a lot of photos and videos with Gianna.

After his retirement in 2016, Kobe continued coaching Gianna and her middle school team. Since then, the bond between father and daughter had started building up. In September 2017, he shared two videos with Gianna on his social media and captioned one of them:

A lil one on one with my baby Gigi.

Also, Kobe used to appear in many events with Gianna. Since their death, the hashtags and headlines are all over the internet. The news of their death has broken the heart of millions but quietly fair, Kobe and Gianna will always remain in our hearts. May their soul rest in peace!

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