Vanessa Bryant had experienced the unthinkable. On January 26, 2020, her husband, former Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a tragic helicopter crash. And the world mourned for days while the wife and mother grieved in private. Then, on January 30, she finally broke her silence in a heartbreaking Instagram post.
Now, Kobe and Gianna had boarded a helicopter along with seven others. And they planned to travel from Newport Beach to Thousand Oaks, north west of Los Angeles. There stood Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy, where he coached young athletes. Among his students was his 13-year-old daughter, a basketball player who he saw as his legacy in the game.