Sophie Laine is the sister of Vanessa Laine Bryant who is the wife of late Kobe Bryant. On January 26, 2020, Bryant and five others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was on the helicopter with him, along with her teammate, her teammate’s parent, and the pilot. They were on their way to a travel basketball game.
Initial reports indicated that the Sikorsky S-76 crashed in the mountains above Calabasas amid heavy fog. It is reported that Gianna was one among them, TMZ reported that Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.
Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas.
Bryant’s death stunned Los Angeles and the sports world, which mourned one of basketball’s greatest players. Sources said the helicopter took off from Orange County, where Bryant lived.
Bryant was in Philadelphia last night to watch LeBron James pass him for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James set the record in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 108-91 loss to the 76ers, scoring 33,655 points in his career. Bryant, who retired in 2016 after spending his career with the Lakers, scored 33,643 points.
Her father’s name is Stephen and mother Sofia Laine and has a sister Vanessa Laine Bryant. Vanessa and her older sister were mostly raised by a single mom and when Sophie was 13 her mother divorced her biological father.
However, in 1990, Sofia remarried to Stephen Laine, and even though he never officially adopted Vanessa and Sophie, they legally changed their last name to match that of their stepfather.
Sophie does not have any social media accounts, and little is known about her own family, Vanessa sends a shout out to her on every birthday, and continuously thanks her for being such a great aunt to her daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
Her mother and stepfather filed for bankruptcy in 2000, and Vanessa and Kobe helped them out with cash and gifts worth more than $500,000.
On April 18, 2001, she married her boyfriend Kobe Bryant at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. They met in November 1999 while she was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video “G’d Up”. Bryant was in the building and working on his debut musical album.
The two began dating and became engaged just six months later in May 2000, while Laine was still a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. To avoid media scrutiny, she finished high school through independent study.
Mother, with former husband Kobe Bryant, of four daughters Natalia Diamante Bryant (b. January 19, 2003), Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant (b. May 1, 2006), Bianka Bella Bryant (b. December 5, 2016) and Capri Kobe Bryant (b. June 20, 2019).
However, on Sunday, Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning.
She has two sons named Kristian and Justin, where Vanessa shares a close relationship with her nephews. Furthermore, Vanessa refers to her nephew Kristian as her “fraternal twin” as a joke on Instagram.