Who are Kobe Bryant’s children and family? Devoted dad killed in helicopter crash adored his wife and kids – The Sun

KOBE Bryant was hailed as a devoted father as well as "extraordinary" athlete after he died in a tragic helicopter crash at the age of 41.

The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, known as Gigi, in the incident in California.

How many children does Kobe Bryant have? 

The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist had four children with wife Vanessa, 37, a former model and music video star from Los Angeles. 

She met Kobe on the set of a music video when she was 17 and still at high school.

The couple were parents to four daughters – with eldest, Natalia, born in 2003.

Their second eldest daughter was Gianna who was born in 2006. 

The teenager had been following in Kobe’s footsteps with her prowess on the basketball court

She had ambitions to join the WNBA. Kobe told Jimmy Kimmel in 2018: "She does for sure. This kid, man. 

"I’m telling you, the best thing that happens is when we go out and fans come up to me and she’ll be standing next to me, they’ll be like, ‘You got to have a boy. You and V got to have a boy, somebody to carry on the tradition, the legacy’." 

"She’s like, ‘oi, I got this. You don’t need no boy for that, I got this’. That’s right, yes you do. You got this."

His third daughter Bianka was born in 2016, three years after he and Vanessa called off their divorce.

When was his baby Capri born? 

Capri was born on June 20, 2019. 

Kobe shared the first photo of his new baby girl, nicknamed "Koko2", to social media. 

He captioned the photo, "Our little princess Capri Kobe Bryant 'KoKo' 6/20/19.”

On June 21, the day after Capri was born, Bryant wrote on Instagram: "We are beyond excited that our baby girl 'Koko' has arrived!!" Bryant wrote, adding the hashtags #bryantbunch #4princesses #blessed.”

What had Kobe said about his daughters on social media? 

In the weeks leading up to his death, devoted dad Kobe posted numerous pictures of his beloved girls, who he was renowned as being immensely proud of, across his social media pages.

On January 19, he celebrated the 17th birthday of his eldest girl Natalie, posting a grown up picture of the teenager in a red dress to Instagram.

He wrote: "Happy Birthday my baby. I love you beyond measure. You will always be my little Principessa #17."

He was also proud of her volleyball playing skills posting a video of her playing, captions: "Our eldest but always our baby."

He also posted about Gianna’s budding basketball talent, saying "Gigi getting better every day".

Kobe shared lots for pics with his third daughter Bianka, often calling her BB.

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