The world is mourning the passing on of basketball star Kobe Bryant. The father of four perished in Sunday’s early morning chopper crash together with one of his daughter Gianna and seven others.
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My mentor. I sat with Tex and watched every minute of every game during our first season together (including preseason games) he taught me how to study every detail of the game. He was a basketball genius in every sense of the word. Basketball purest. I will miss him deeply. Thank you Tex. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. Rest In Peace.
Kobe was a loving and caring father to his children and on several occasions, he was branded ‘best father’ online after videos training his daughter and attending NBA matches went viral.
The bond between a father & a daughter is so unconditional. Undeniable & unbreakable, on earth and after! Light & love to Vanessa, Natalia, Capri & Bianka Bryant. Strength & protection to you all!
Light & love to Kobe & Gianna.. May they rest peacefully together 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/bUrcjeKC8c
— Christina 🌻✨ (@tjtot_podcast) January 26, 2020
Kobe wanted his daughter to carry on his basketball legacy. The two perished in the crash while on their way to Mamba Academy, the youth sports training facility founded by the veteran basketballer.
Gianna was set to play in a game which was scheduled for Sunday.
On 2, May 2019, Gianna turned 13 years old and Kobe took to social media to wish her a happy birthday in a sweet message, which read,
Happy 13th birthday my Gigi! I love you beyond measure baby #teen #daddysgirl #tauro #mambacita.
Below are photos of Gianna, who died with her father