Kobe Bryant’s death in the recent helicopter crash sent shockwaves across the industry. The NBA star who is survived by wife Vanessa and three daughters (Natalie, 17, Gianna Maria-Onore, 13 (confirmed dead in crash), Bianka Bella, 3, and Capri Kobe less than a year old.)

Bryant’s second daughter Gianna, who was flying with him on Sunday, breathed her last in the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crash on Sunday—along with 9 others. Bryant who’s been a doting dad who cherished spending quality time with his daughters, always saw that spark in Gianna. And, believed that she’d carry his legacy forward. The 13-year-old with an innate flair for the game, harbored ambitions to make it big in WNBA.

Natalia Bryant, the oldest Bryant daughter, was born in January 2003. Soon after, Vanessa and Kobe hit a rough patch owing to a sexual assault controversy that fizzled in due course of time. It is believed that Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in 2005, due to a reported ectopic pregnancy. Yet, Kobe always blamed himself and his adulterous ways for their loss.

But, it was soon a thing of the past as in May 2006, Vanessa gave birth to their second daughter, Gianna. Gianna, who clearly took after her father in regards to her love for the game, harbored deep ambitions to play for the University of Connecticut’s basketball team. A beaming dad, Kobe fondly spoke about his daughter’s UConn obsession in one of his previous interviews.

“She watches their interviews, watches how they play and learns — not just in wins, but in tough losses, how they conduct themselves. It’s great, as a parent, to be able to see my daughter pull inspiration from them.”

Vanessa and Bryant had their third and fourth daughters after getting back together post the news of an impending divorce. Soon after they called off their divorce in 2013, their third daughter Bianka was born in 2016, and their fourth and final daughter, Capri, was born in June 2019.

Sources close to the family reminisced how Bryant had nicknames for all his princesses. He called Natalia “Nani,” Bianka “B.B.,” Gianna “Gigi” and Capri “Koko.” He also frequently called Gianna “Mambacita,” owing to her love for basketball.