Why Was Kobe Bryant’s Daughter, Gianna, With Him When His Helicopter Crashed?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Helicopter Crash

Most followers heard the devastating information of Kobe Bryant’s dying early on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. However, stories got here later that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, additionally died within the surprising Sunday morning helicopter crash. Why was she the one one in every of Bryant’s daughters touring with him? Let’s check out the place the 2 have been headed.

Helicopter Crash
The scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna | David McNew/Getty Images

The helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California

The 41-year-old former NBA star and his center daughter, Gianna, have been touring in his personal helicopter when it went down in Calabasas, CA, in accordance with TMZ Sports. Kobe usually commuted by helicopter to take him from Newport Beach, CA, to the Staples Center in DTLA when he performed for the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The investigation into why the helicopter crashed into the hillside in CA is ongoing. Five folks (together with Bryant and his daughter) died within the wreckage with no survivors, in accordance with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. 

Gianna Bryant was a rising star basketball participant

The teenage lady attended Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles, CA, in accordance with the NBA Family Fandom. She performed basketball for the Los Angeles Lady Mamba ladies basketball staff and dreamed of enjoying for the UConn Huskies Women’s basketball staff. 

During Bryant’s profession, he usually took Gianna and her older sister, 17-year-old Natalia to his NBA video games. The ladies cherished to exit on the courtroom and shoot round with their father throughout warm-ups. Gianna additionally has two youthful sisters, 3-year-old Bianka and 7-month-old Capri. 

Bryant was not too long ago noticed out along with his 13-year previous daughter at numerous NBA video games. He additionally usually posts movies of ‘GiGi’ enjoying basketball on his social media accounts.  

“Gigi getting better everyday,” he captioned one video posted six days in the past.

Where have been Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, going when the helicopter crashed?

The crash occurred shortly earlier than 10 a.m. close to Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road, after departing from John Wayne Airport at 9:06 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Bryant and GiGi have been on their option to Mamba Academy for basketball apply. Another teammate and her father or mother have been additionally within the helicopter. They commute from their dwelling in Orange County to the Academy, which is in Thousand Oaks. 

Bryant partnered with the 100,000 square-foot Mamba Sports Academy, the place Gianna performed in January 2019. The facility operates 5 basketball courts, 5 volleyball courts, two seashore volleyball courts, a turf subject, an esports coaching floor, batting cages, pitching mounds, and a Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu faculty.

The nation is devastated by the lack of the legend who was working diligently to educate the youth of America. Hundreds of individuals gathered exterior the Staples Center Sunday for a memorial.

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