"You Will Always Be My Little Principessa"

Kobe Bryant was in celebration mode for more reasons than one in his final days. The former NBA player shared an Instagram post in commemoration of his oldest daughter Natalia Bryant’s birthday just one week before his death.


Natalia turned 17-years-old on January 19, 2020. “Happy Birthday, my baby,” Kobe wrote online. “I love you beyond measure,” the celebrity father added. “You will always be my little Principessa.”

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The legendary Lakers player was one of nine victims who died in the horrific accident. Gianna Bryant, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s second-to-oldest daughter, also died in the crash.

“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” Vanessa told her Instagram fans on Wednesday (January 29). “I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved,” Mrs. Bryant added. “We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”

Kobe Bryant was 41-years-old at the time of his death. Gianna Bryant was 13-years-old at the time of her passing. Vanessa Bryant has invited those who want to help the families of the seven victims who passed away alongside her husband and daughter to donate at the Mamba On Three website. Stay tuned for more Kobe Bryant tributes!

Photo: Kobe Bryant/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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