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Vanessa Bryant: Some Days 'I Feel Like I Can't Survive'

But 'Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going'

(Newser) - There are some days when Vanessa Bryant's "unimaginable" grief brings her to her knees. Almost 14 months after her husband, Kobe Bryant, and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (Gigi), were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, "I can't say that I'm strong every day. I...

Vanessa Bryant Wants Deputies' Names Released

She says they took pictures of Kobe Bryant crash site

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant wants a US court to release the names of the four Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies she says took and shared photos of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, after he, their daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last year. The request is part of...

Meek Mill Apologizes for Line About Kobe Bryant's Death

Rapper's track talks about dying the way the NBA star did

(Newser) - A reference to the death of Kobe Bryant in a rapper's track has drawn an objection from the NBA star's wife. Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California in January 2020, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people . Meek Mill's "Don't...

Feds Lay Out Final Moments in Kobe Bryant Crash

NTSB says pilot apparently became disoriented in clouds before crashing

(Newser) - US safety investigators said Tuesday the pilot of Kobe Bryant's helicopter flew through the clouds last year in an apparent violation of federal standards, likely becoming disoriented just before the helicopter crashed and killed Bryant and eight others, per the AP . Pilot Ara Zobayan was flying under visual flight...

Kobe Bryant Was Pretty Savvy Off the Court, Too
Kobe Bryant's Best Investment
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Kobe Bryant's Best Investment Paid Off Handsomely

He put $6M into Body Armor, and stake was worth $200M just 4 years later

(Newser) - Exactly one year ago, a helicopter crash took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others near Calabasas, California. The NBA legend's widow, Vanessa, was among those marking the anniversary on Tuesday, notes People . "I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened...

Vanessa Bryant Slams Mom's 'Unimaginably Hurtful' Suit

Kobe's widow says Sofia Laine is falsely claiming she worked as a personal assistant and nanny

(Newser) - A family feud between Kobe Bryant's widow and her own mom has accusations of broken promises and extortion flying. Sofia Laine, who filed a 48-page lawsuit against 38-year-old Vanessa Bryant, has claimed that she toiled away for years as the Bryants' "personal assistant and nanny," and that...

Deputy Actions at Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Will Be Illegal

Law bans unauthorized photos of accident or crime scenes

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's wish has come true . Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal in California to take unauthorized photos of a crime or accident scene, as occurred in the aftermath of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and...

Vanessa Bryant Files Suit Against LA Sheriff

Widow says deputies shared photos of Kobe crash

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter, and seven others. After the Jan. 26 crash, reports surfaced that graphic photos of the victims...

Feds Find 'Telltale Signs' in Kobe Helicopter Crash

The pilot may have 'misperceived' the angles

(Newser) - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he actually was heading for the ground, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday, per the AP . Ara Zobayan radioed to air traffic controllers that he was climbing...

Silver Lining in LA: Kobe Murals Are 'Saved'

Vanessa Bryant urges followers to 'drive out hate'

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant is taking solace in the fact that murals of her late husband and daughter have been left untouched during unrest in Los Angeles . Kobe Bryant's widow shared a screenshot of a news report showing a burning building in the Fairfax district on her Instagram story on Monday,...

Autopsy Looks at Kobe Pilot's System for Clues

The official report also gives cause of death for all 9 passengers

(Newser) - The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the...

Brother of Pilot Flying Kobe's Copter: It Was Kobe, Gigi's Fault

Berge Zobayan says passengers on brother Ara Zobayan's chopper knew the risks, were negligent

(Newser) - More than one lawsuit has been filed in the case of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, but it's his widow's wrongful death complaint that has the brother of the pilot pushing back. CNN reports that on Friday, Berge Zobayan filed a seven-page response to Vanessa Bryant's suit,...

Vanessa Bryant Gets 'One More' Birthday Letter From Kobe

She found an unopened letter the day before she turned 38

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant found an unopened letter from her late husband Kobe on Monday, and waited until Tuesday to open it—so she could "open one more letter on my birthday," she wrote on Instagram . "The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an...

As if Kobe Wasn't Already Great—It's Now Official

Bryant is among 8 finalists inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer, the AP reports. And he's got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash...

Sheriff Says 8 Deputies Shared Gruesome Kobe Crash Photos

They were ordered to delete photos

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he felt a "sense of betrayal" when he found out that as many as eight deputies allegedly took and shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others. The sheriff tells CNN that the only people authorized...

Kobe's Widow Not Happy About Allegations on Crash Site

Vanessa Bryant 'absolutely devastated' pictures may have been shared of victims' remains

(Newser) - An investigation is ongoing into allegations that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department leaked graphic photos of the site of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, including images that showed the victims' remains. Bryant's widow, Vanessa, is "absolutely devastated" by that claim, her lawyer says. "...

Report: Cops Shared Graphic Photos of Kobe Crash Scene

Sheriff's department is investigating allegations

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department says it is investigating allegations that deputies leaked graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others last month. Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that days after the crash, first responders discussed the inappropriate sharing of...

She Spoke at Kobe's Memorial, Went on to Make History

Sabrina Ionescu set NCAA record Monday night

(Newser) - The college basketball player who spoke at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial service Monday went on to make history: That night, after flying from LA to the Bay Area for the University of Oregon's game against Stanford, Sabrina Ionescu of the Oregon Ducks became the first NCAA player...

'Babe, Take Care of Our Gigi': Lines From Kobe Memorial

Kobe Bryant, daughter Gigi honored at Staples Center

(Newser) - The Staples Center, where Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant spent much of his career, on Monday hosted a huge memorial service for the fallen NBA star and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant. The date was chosen in honor of the father and daughter's basketball jersey numbers,...

Vanessa Bryant Sues Over Deaths of Kobe, Gigi

Alleges helicopter company and pilot took unnecessary risks on day of fatal crash

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant didn't have to die, according to a new lawsuit filed by his widow. Vanessa Bryant is suing Island Express, the company that owned the helicopter the NBA star and his 13-year-old daughter were in when it crashed Jan. 26 in California, killing them and seven others on...

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