Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. He spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Bryant was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of three children and the only son of Pamela Cox Bryant and former NBA player Joe Bryant.

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Personal information
Born August 23, 1978
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 26, 2020 (aged 41)
Calabasas, California, U.S.
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 212 lb (96 kg)

He was also the maternal nephew of NBA player John “Chubby” Cox.

His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu.

His middle name, Bean, was derived from his father’s nickname “Jellybean.”

Bryant’s family was Catholic and he was brought up with this faith.

Kobe bryant wife

Six months after meeting, Laine and Kobe Bryant were engaged.

Her engagement ring included a seven-carat diamond. They married on April 18, 2001.

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The private wedding ceremony was attended by approximately twelve people and was held at the St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California.

After the marriage, she took his last name, becoming Vanessa Marie Bryant.


A tech expert hired by Vanessa Bryant’s attorneys testified that Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies “violated fundamental forensic policies” when they deleted gruesome helicopter crash site photos and turned in brand new phones to independent forensic investigators.

On the sixth day of Vanessa Bryant’s trial against LA County first responders who took and shared crash site photos of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and others aboard the tragic January 26, 2020 helicopter crash, jurors heard from forensic expert David Freskos. 

Freskos, a digital forensics expert with FTI Consulting, explained that key data was deleted from the 28 devices belonging to LASD and LA County Fire Department staff who took and shared the photos, according to a forensic analysis conducted by tech firm Kroll Inc.


Melbourne United coach Dean Vickerman said Bryant’s death hit him hard as a father who regularly travelled with his daughters to basketball.

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“To read all the news about what happened and hear that his daughter passed with him,” Vickerman said.

“I have a 10-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old daughter and drive to basketball games ourselves and do very similar things.

“As a father that was tough to take.”

This weekend is the NBL’s first Indigenous round with teams sporting specially designed jerseys and meeting with Indigenous groups.

Kobe bryant death

On January 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying former pro basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others crashes in Calabasas, California, roughly 30 miles north of Los Angeles; everyone on board dies.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves through the American sporting world.

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Bryant and his daughter, along with the other passengers, were headed to Gianna’s basketball game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Not long after takeoff, the helicopter crashed in foggy conditions. The accident shocked sports fans across America and around the world. 

By Rishabh

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