Here's Why Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Tried To Avoid Travelling Together In A Helicopter

Pallavi Manoj , 31 Jan 2020
Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant (Source:
Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant (Source:

As fans worldwide are still struggling to cope with the loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, more details about why Kobe chose to travel by helicopters in the first place has emerged. Since then it’s been revealed that Kobe and Vanessa Bryant tried to avoid taking helicopter rides together in case something untoward happens.

The NBA star, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on 26th January 2019.

A source informed Entertainment Tonight that while Kobe and his daughter Gigi used to take a  helicopter to her basketball games frequently, Vanessa and the rest of the daughters used to stay back. The couple avoided taking helicopter rides together in fear of what could happen if something went wrong.

This was not a hard and fast rule but simply tried to avoid it when they could and mostly due to the different schedules of all their kids.

Kobe first started using a helicopter to beat the LA traffic and to get back and forth from his games in order to spend more time with his family.

Vanessa released an official statement yesterday about how she and her girls were in pain but thanked the millions of people who are keeping them in their prayers.

Take a look:

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. 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. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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Our love and prayers are with the Bryant family.

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