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Kobe Bean Bryant

Spanish: Kobe B
Also Known As: "Black Mamba"
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: January 26, 2020 (41)
Calabasas, Los Angeles County, California, United States (helicopter crash)
Place of Burial: 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Washington Bryant and Private
Husband of Private
Father of Private; Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant; Private and Private
Brother of Private and Private

Occupation: American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
Managed by: Alex Bickle
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

About Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant (/ˈkoʊbiː/ KOH-bee; August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Bryant was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. According to Forbes, Bryant's net worth was estimated at $350 million in 2016.

Bryant died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, and college baseball coach John Altobelli, were also killed.


Bryant was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of three children and only son of former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. He was also the maternal nephew of basketball player John "Chubby" Cox. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu. His middle name, Bean, was derived from his father's nickname "Jellybean". Bryant's family was Catholic and he had always practiced his faith.

In November 1999, 21-year-old Bryant met 17-year-old Vanessa Laine while she was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up". Bryant was in the building and working on his debut musical album. The two began dating and became engaged six months later in May 2000, while Laine was still a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. They married on April 18, 2001, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. Vanessa is of Mexican descent; Laine is her step father’s name.

Vanessa Laine and Kobe Bryant had four daughters together.

Family notes


  • His uncle, Chubby Cox (John Arthur Cox III), and cousin, John Cox (John Arthur Cox IV), are both professional basketball players.
  • Kobe’s paternal grandfather is named Joseph Washington Bryant.
  • Kobe’s paternal grandmother is named Georgia Marie.
  • Kobe’s maternal grandfather is named John Arthur Cox II (the son of John Arthur Cox and Dorothy). Kobe’s grandfather John was born in Pennsylvania.

“The Maternal Ancestry of Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant” by BRADLEY GREENLAND about a year ago in BASKETBALL link

The Great Great Great Grandparents of Kobe Bryant were Nat Ridley and Louisa Ridley
”This document (link) is where the paper trail for Kobe Bryant's ancestors comes to an end. From the documents presented, it can be determined that Kobe Bryant's ancestors on the Cox side have deep roots in Pennsylvania dating back to 1900. Prior to 1870, it is unknown if Kobe Bryant's ancestors were still slaves at the start of the civil war or if they had been freed in the years prior. Hopefully, further research will be conducted and this detail will be uncovered.”


  • ”Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant“ By Roland Lazenby. (2016) GoogleBooks
  • “Kobe’s basketball roots in Philly might run deeper than you realize.” By Avi Wolfman-Arent, January 27, 2020. link
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Kobe Bryant's Timeline

August 23, 1978
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 1, 2006
Orange County, California, United States
January 26, 2020
Age 41
Calabasas, Los Angeles County, California, United States
February 7, 2020
Age 41
Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, United States