Jan 30, 2020

Vanessa Bryant breaks her silence on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Kobe Bryant and his daughter in a mural. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

Vanessa Bryant said she was "completely devastated" by the sudden loss of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and her daughter Gianna in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Driving the news: LeBron James and other stars have paid tribute to the NBA legend, Vanessa Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter on Instagram since both Kobe and Gianna were killed in a California helicopter crash on Sunday.

What she's saying: "We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately," she said."There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now.

"I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon."
  • In her post, Bryant announced a Mamba Sports Foundation fund to help other families affected by the helicopter crash.
  • She asked for "the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality."

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Obama addresses "heartbreaking" death of Kobe Bryant at NBA event

Former President Barack Obama speaks on the stage at a December Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Zahim Mohd/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute at an NBA All-Star Weekend Newsmaker Brunch Saturday to basketball great Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, who died in a helicopter crash last month, video shared by CNN's Wolf Blitzer online shows.

"That loss is something that I know many are still grappling with. Particularly Kobe, because he was with his daughter and those families and those children and those of us who have had the joy and privilege of being parents and taking kids to ball games and then rooting for our children and seeing our dreams and hopes passed on to them. Nothing is more heartbreaking."
— Excerpt from Obama's speech

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Los Angeles celebrates Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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Thousands of people gathered Monday at Los Angeles' Staples Center to mourn the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The big picture: Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout his entire 20-season career and helped the city claim five championships. Gianna, a rising basketball player herself, often attended games with her father, who retired in 2016.

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NTSB: No evidence of engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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The Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Byrant, his daughter Gianna, the pilot and six other passengers was likely not the result of engine failure, according to a preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The state of play: Though the exact cause of the crash remains unknown, the NTSB notes low visibility was a significant factor in the cause of the crash. Investigators noted the worsening weather conditions multiple times in the 11-page update. The helicopter created a 2-foot deep, 25-by-15-foot crater. A full report about the exact cause of the crash could take more than a year, per the Washington Post.

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