Gianna Maria Onore Bryant – Life, Death, Parents

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Gianna Maria Onore Bryant was an American middle school basketball player who played for Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California.

Profile Summary

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant 
Date of Birth
May 1, 2006
Place of Birth
United States of America
Date of Death
January 26, 2020
Cause of Death
Helicopter Crash 
Vanessa Laine Bryant and the late Kobe Bryant

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant’s Early Life

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant mostly referred to as “Gigi” was born in May 1, 2006 in the United States of America.

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant’s Parents

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant is the daughter of  Vanessa Laine Bryant and the late Kobe Bryant. 

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Her mother Vanessa worked as a model, while her father Kobe Bryant was a famous basketball player who won five NBA championships with the popular NBA team Los Angeles Lakers.

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant’s Siblings 

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant was raised alongside her sisters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

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Gianna Maria Onore Bryant’s Death 

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant died at the age of 13 when she got involved in a helicopter crash alongside her father, Kobe Bryant, on January 26, 2020, near Calabasas, California. 

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant and her father boarded a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter at John Wayne Airport in California and started their journey towards Camarillo Airport to witness a basketball game at the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks. 

Unfortunately, the helicopter crashed into one of the mountains in Calabasas, killing all nine occupants including Kobe and Gianna. 

Reports say that due to light rain and fog that morning of departure, the LAPD helicopters and most other air traffic were grounded. 

The flight tracker showed that the helicopter circled above the L.A. Zoo due to heavy air traffic in the area. At 9:30 a.m. the pilot contacted the Burbank Airport’s control tower, notifying the tower of the situation and was told he was “flying too low” to be tracked by radar. At that time, the helicopter experienced extreme fog and turned south towards the mountains. 

At 9:40 a.m. the helicopter climbed rapidly from 1,200 to 2,000 feet (370 to 610 m), flying at 161 knots (298 km/h; 185 mph).

At 9:45 a.m., the helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and began burning.

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant’s Educational Background 

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant attended Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California.

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant’s Career

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant started playing competitive basketball at her school and soon became part of the school’s basketball team. 

She gained popularity as one of the most important players for her middle school basketball team. 

In 2011, Gianna Maria Onore Bryant started playing basketball at the Mamba Sports Academy where she received training from her father. 

Gianna Maria Onore Bryant and Payton Chester were named honorary draft picks in the 2020 WNBA draft. The league also introduced Kobe and Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award.

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