Kobe Bryant was a legend both on and off the court; he was a loving husband to Vanessa, a doting father to four beautiful daughters, a great friend to many & role model to millions of fans around the world. Although he’s known for being one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe’s legacy will also be about his children and charity work. He was so much more than a legend on the basketball court.
“You got to do what you love to do,” “I love telling stories. I love inspiring kids or providing them with tools that are going to help them.”
41-year-old Kobe & 13-year-old Gianna Bryant were among the nine victims, along with John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan, in the fatal helicopter crash.
30. 1999: Where it all started…
It was love at first sight for 21-year-old Kobe when he met 17-year-old Vanessa on the set of a music video back in 1999. The Lakers player wasted no time in asking Vanessa out; whisking her off to Disneyland for their first date on 28 November 1999, the couple got engaged 6 months later & married in the Spring of 2001. Since then they’ve created a beautiful family, made unimaginable differences in the world with their charity work & made unforgettable memories.