Vanessa Laine Bryant was born on May 5, 1982, in Los Angeles, USA. She is an American model and best known for being a wife of Kobe Bryant who was an American professional basketball player and played his entire 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers.
At approximately 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time 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.
She changed her name from Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine to Vanessa Marie Bryant, after she married Kobe Bryant. Furthermore, she is half-Irish and Mexican.
Vanessa Laine Bryant was born on May 5, 1982, in Los Angeles, USA. Her father’s name is Stephen and mother Sofia Laine. Later, she did her schooling from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. Furthermore, Vanessa Laine Bryant and Kobe Bryant started dating in November 1999. He met her on the set where she was a Background dancer.
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 of 17 months 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 was born in 2006 and was 13 years old during her time of death. Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was also known as Gigi has shown her father’s athletic talent from a young age. With her father constantly present and cheering her on from the sidelines, Gianna attracted online attention for her Mamba-like moves, though she’s only 13 years old.
On December 16, 2011, Vanessa Laine Bryant’s belief filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years Kobe Bryant citing irreconcilable differences and requested joint custody of her daughters. On January 11, 2013, both announced via social media that they had called off their divorce.
Estimated Net Worth of Kobe Bryant is $500 Million USD.