- Real nameKobe Bean Bryant
- Date of birthAugust 23, 1978
- Date of deathJanuary 26, 2020 (41 years)
- Zodiac signLeo
- BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Parents and family
- Father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant
- Mother Pamela Cox Bryant
- Sister Sharia Washington (nee Bryant), Shaya Bryant-Tabb
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Kobe Bryant 4 kids
Kobe Bryant is a basketball legend famed for representing Los Angeles Lakers, the franchise he adored since childhood. Being a son of basketball player Joe Bryant, he got engaged into this sport being only 3 years old and showed fantastic skills being at high school.
In 1996, Bryant’s made the first step to the worldwide fame after joining Los Angeles Lakers. Among his most important accomplishments were 5-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star, 2-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player plus 2-time NBA scoring champion. Additionally, Kobe earned many other awards and set various records, including youngest player to start an NBA game and most All-Star Game MVP awards won. After suffering various traumas, the athlete retired from professional sport in 2016.
Representing the United States internationally, Kobe Bryant won 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games along with 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
Moreover, Kobe was a talented music artist and presented his album Visions in 2000 along with inspiring Lil Wayne and Sho Bakara to dedicate songs to him. He appeared in All That and Ridiculousness television series. Also, Bryant wrote and narrated Dear Basketball short film and earned an Oscar for it. In 2018, the athlete published his memoir The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. Moreover, he was engaged into some business ventures and dedicated much time to philanthropy.
On April 18, 2001, Kobe tied knots with Vanessa Laine. In 2003, they welcomed their firstborn, daughter Natalia. She was followed by sisters Gianna and Bianka, who were born in 2006 and 2016 respectively. And in 2019, the youngest of the spouses’ daughters, Capri, drew her first breath.
On January 26, 2020, the terrible news about Bryant’s death shocked his fans and the whole world. He as well as his daughter Gianna, a pilot and 6 more passengers died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA.
A curious fact: Kobe’s parents named him after the famous Japanese steak. And his middle name, Bean, is a part of his dad’s nickname Jellybean.