January 26, 2020, started off like any other normal day for citizens of the world, Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and seven other lives. Their fate met a tragic ending after their helicopter crashed into the hills of Calabasas. All nine lives were lost instantly due to the impact of the crash. The Bryants and their friends were en route to a basketball game in Thousand Oaks, a regular destination they often flew to.
Gianna Bryant would have been 17 years old today.
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Upon learning about Kobe and Giannis Bryant’s death, the world went into a complete state of shock. Fans were left in disbelief and much worse, Vanessa (Kobe’s wife) and his three other daughters were shattered. People are probably wondering what were their last words or whom they last interacted with before leaving this world.
No evidence reveals what Gianna Bryant said during her last words. However, there are several highlights and TikTok videos being circulated on what she would have possibly said. Most of these videos claim that she said, “I don’t want to die, Dad.” But her last known location before boarding the helicopter was at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen. Kobe was a regular at the church and according to the Daily Mail, this was their last stop before boarding the helicopter.
Gianna Bryant’s dream of carrying Kobe Bryant’s legacy
Kobe and Gianna Bryant had an extremely beautiful relationship. The Los Angeles Lakers legend would treat her like a best friend and acknowledge her as one. Kobe was determined to help his daughter live a legendary life like his. The Mamba Sports Academy was a result of his ideologies as well. However, Bryant once revealed a wholesome moment he shared with Gigi.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kobe narrated a story of Gianna challenging someone that she would continue just legacy. He said, “Fans come up to me and she’ll be like standing right next to me… [the fans to Kobe] ‘Hey you gotta have a boy. You and [Vanessa] gotta have a boy man. You got somebody to carry on the tradition, your legacy.'” Gianna’s response to these fans was hilarious.
Kobe quoted her saying, “She’s like, ‘Oye! I got this.” These were her words to fans who believed only a boy could fulfill or carry on her father’s legacy. The father and daughter would often attend games together in Los Angeles or wherever they were. He would explain game time scenarios to her and help her develop the knowledge she had on the court. Even today, Kobe stands as a prime example of how a father should carry himself around his daughter.