Vanessa Bryant

Vanessa Bryant (born Vanessa Laine) is a former dancer and wife of the late NBA star, Kobe Bryant. While attending Marina High School, a then 17-year-old Vanessa met Kobe while she worked as background dancer on Tha Eastsidaz music video for “G’d Up.” The two dated for just six months before marrying in April 2001. Vanessa and Kobe share four daughters, Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri. On January 26, 2020, Kobe, Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Since the death of Kobe and Gianna, Vanessa has sued the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department over sharing unauthorized photos of the crash site.

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