Vanessa Bryant Marks Tragic Deaths Of Kobe And Gianna First Anniversary
Vanessa Bryant, widow of late NBA star Kobe Bryant is marking the first anniversary of the tragic deaths of her late husband, and teenage daughter, Gianna.
Vanessa took to Instagram to share an emotional note from one of Gianna’s best friends.
“Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey. I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you). Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig.” The beginning of the caption read.
Later in the letter, Aubrey wrote, “There are times I get into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could’ve accomplished had she had a couple more years. But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth. Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider their opinions. She along with Mr Bryant, set the wheels in motion.”
Concluding her note, Aubrey told Vanessa that she did it right when it came to raising Gianna.
“I am so, so blessed I got to have time with your angel of a daughter, and thank you for giving me that chance. I love you and am thinking of you as we remember and honour her life.”
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On the morning of 26th January 2020, Kobe Bryant, Gianna, and a group of friends including Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, and their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli were on their way to a basketball game in a helicopter piloted by Ara Zobayan that ultimately crashed in Calabasas, California. At the time, Kobe was 41, and Gianna was 13.
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At the time of his death, Kobe was four years into his retirement from the NBA. Bryant had positioned himself at the helm of prominent business interests including the basketball camp, the Mamba Sports Academy, and the multimedia agency.
Kobe Bryant won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is still regularly ranked as one of the best basketball players of all time, alongside other greats like Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
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