In Memory Of: Beloved Stars We Lost This Year

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Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Kobe and Gianna Bryant fatally passed away in an untimely helicopter crash on January 26. The news shocked the world and thousands flocked to the Staples Center in the weeks that followed to commemorate the deaths of the Lakers star and his 13-year-old daughter.

Through his 20-year career in the NBA, Kobe made a name for himself as one of the most premiere basketball players in the world. Playing as a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe’s genuine love for the sport and Mamba mentality influenced everything he did. His daughter Gianna, who often went by Gigi, also played and had a love of the game like her father. Kobe even coached her basketball team at his Mamba Sports Academy.

The two left behind their loving family, including Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant.

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