Who is Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant?
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was a 13-year old daughter of former NBA player Kobe Bryant who died alongside her father in a helicopter crash on 26th January 2020. The daughter whom he called Gigi and his father were on their way to Mamba Academy for basketball practice.
The Academy is located in Thousand Oaks and Kobe Bryant coached his daughter’s AAU basketball team called “The Mambas.”
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant School
Gianna attended Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles, California, where she also played basketball.
How Old is Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant? | Age
Gianna was only 13 years of age at the time of her death. She was born on May 1, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant Family
Gianna was born to retired Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and model Vanessa Bryant. She was born as the second child of four children who are all daughters. Her mother bears a Mexican and Irish, English, German descent while her father is African-American.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant Father
Gianna’s father is a former professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant. Kobe is one of the most famous basketball players in the USA. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.
He was also the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant Siblings
has three siblings, one older sister Natalia Diamante Bryant born on January 19, 2003, and two younger sisters, Bianka Bella Bryant born on December 5, 2016, and Capri Kobe Bryant born on June 20, 2019.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant’s Death
Gianna and her father died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash outside of Calabasas, California. Her father died at the age of 41 while Gianna was 13 years old.
On January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California at 9:06 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Onboard were Kobe Byrant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna, six family friends and the pilot. The eight were traveling to a practice session at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.
There was light rain and foggy weather that morning, the LAPD helicopters and most other air traffic were grounded. According to the flight tracker, the helicopter experienced issues above the L.A. Zoo and circled the area six times at an altitude of around 850 feet(260m).
At around 9:30 a.m., the pilot who was named Ara Zobayan contacted the Burbank Airport’s control tower. He notified the tower of the situation and was told he was “flying too low” to be tracked by radar. During that time, the helicopter experienced extreme fog and turned south towards the mountains. The helicopter climbed rapidly at 9:40 a.m. It moved from 1,200 to 2,000 feet (370 to 610 m) flying at 161 knots (298 km/h; 185 mph).
The helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and caught on fire at 9:45 a.m. Kobe Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and the pilot Ara Zobayan were killed instantly.
Her father was a lifelong fan of his hometown NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Kobe Bryant was also a fan of soccer teams Barcelona, AC Milan, and Manchester City.