ONE YEAR SINCE CALABASAS
On January 26, 2020, basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, were killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas; they were forty-one and thirteen, respectively, at the time of the crash.
Surviving Kobe and Gianna are Mrs. Vanessa Bryant and her daughters Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. In the past year, they have shown strength in honoring Kobe’s legacy and grieving their loss. Vanessa Bryant has been described as a “pillar of grace” and her children as “the greatest blessing.”
NBC 9 News reports that since Kobe’s death, Vanessa Bryant has continued the Mamba and Mambacita Foundation and Kobe’s Granity Studios. She has also worked to publish Kobe’s first YA novel on sports and healing.
One of Vanessa’s Instagram story posts sparked rumors that she is helping to erect a Kobe Bryant statue at the Staples Center. If this is true, Kobe’s will be the fourth Lakers statue to join Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul Jabaar.
Natalia Bryant, Kobe’s eldest daughter, has used her IG platform to discuss mental health issues. According to Teen Vogue, she responded to a photo request with a message for anyone struggling right now. She encouraged them to reach out to loved ones, reminding them, “This is a lot easier said than done but just know that you are never alone.”
Vanessa Bryant has filed lawsuits so that the crash will be fully investigated. She is also trying to pass the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Safety Act. This would reform helicopter safety standards and create a commission on helicopter safety.
Kobe and Gigi have touched so many lives since their untimely passing. There legacy have shown us to always rise to every occasion and work hard the “Mamba” way. We will never forget how Kobe’s legacy shaped the world over so many generations. Today is a day we will never forget.
Among Kobe and Gianna, seven other people died in the accident. They were: Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Kerri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan.