It feels like yesterday when the world learned about the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi, in a helicopter crash that also killed seven other passengers. Three years later, family, fans, and friends took to social media to remember and honor their legacy not only in the sports industry but also as loving human beings that died too soon.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ex-wife Maria Shriver, was among the group of Bryant’s close friends who penned a beautiful message, reminding everyone how proud the basketball legend was to be a girl dad.
“I know Kobe Bryant is and always will be a basketball legend, but when I think of him, this is the image that comes to mind. He was the ultimate girl dad. He made it something to be — to honor, to be proud of,” she began. “That alone changes lives. It changes men. It changes how girls grow up. I find it so inspiring that men now claim this mantle. They honor the title. They are the title.”
“Today, on the 3rd anniversary of their passing, I’m thinking about the Bryants and the families of the other beautiful souls who went to heaven today,” she added. “Their families are mourning. Today is a day of grief, no doubt. Go gentle out there in the world; so many among us are grieving. Let us be reminded to hold space, to have compassion. #abovethenoise”
In 2020 a helicopter crash killed Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, 13-year-old Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, 46, 14-year-old Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Christina Mauser, 38, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.
According to TMZ Sports, smoke was seen from the aircraft amid foggy conditions before crashing into a hillside. The publication also reported that they were heading to basketball practice at Mamba Academy nearby Thousand Oaks.
The former Los Angeles Laker’s player retired in 2016 and is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and their three other daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
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In 2022, Vanessa Bryant tapped into her roots while honoring her late husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna Bryant during Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
The 40-year-old philanthropist and businesswoman shared a video wearing a stunning custom-made two-piece gown while posing in front of a mural featuring Kobe and Gianna. The black assemble featured a purple heart with the number “2” embroidered on a sheer mesh top with flower details and a tulle skirt.
Months prior, and after an 11-day trial, in which Vanessa detailed the moment she learned first responders took graphic images of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant’s remains and shared them with unauthorized people for entertainment purposes and not as part of the accident’s investigations, a Los Angeles federal jury ordered Los Angeles County to pay $16 million to Bryant and $15 million to Chris Chester, who lost his wife, Sarah Chester and their daughter Payton Chester.
After winning the lawsuit, Bryant donated her part to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to offers sports education to underserved and aspiring athletes.