Jerry West, Lakers Alum, Reveals Kobe Bryant's Parents and Sisters Were Traumatized by His Sudden Death
Los Angeles Lakers alum Jerry West recently had an interview with “Extra” where he spoke about Kobe Bryant’s sudden death. The former basketball player revealed how the star’s family was dealing with the loss.
During a sit-down interview, West opened up about his family dealing with the heartbreak of losing Bryant, 41, at the beginning of the year. West was asked if he’d spoken to the late athlete’s wife, Vanessa Bryant.
The former Laker’s player admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Bryant’s family directly but that one of his sons had. West’s son has been communicating with one of Bryant’s sisters since his death.
Family traumatized and devastated
According to the Laker’s alum, the son was friends with one of the late star’s sisters. The basketball legend revealed: “His [Kobe’s] personal family, is just traumatized and devastated, as any family would be.”
The former athlete also shared his support to the Bryant family saying: "My thoughts, my prayers, my hopes are with his family because they're the ones who need it most." On Monday, a public memorial was held for Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13.
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On behalf of our family, we join Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka and Capri in grieving the loss of Kobe and Gianna in such a tragic accident. We are devastated by the loss of our brother, son, our niece and granddaughter, and our hearts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday. Our lives are forever changed. Thank you for your prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails and cards. Please visit MambaOnThree.org to support the families affected by Sunday’s tragedy and to honor Kobe and Gianna’s legacy, please visit: MambaSportsFoundation.org #Mambacita #Mamba #Family #GirlsDad - Sharia Washington and Shaya Tabb
Public memorial for the Bryants
The “Celebration of Life” service was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Bryant played most of his games. The late star’s parents, Joe and Pam Bryant, his wife, and his eldest daughter, Natalia, attended the event.
Kobe’s sisters attended event
The former basketball star’s older sisters, Shaya Tabb and Sharia Washington, were also spotted at the memorial. Vanessa took to the stage at one point to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter.
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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 MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. 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 ❤️
When did Bryant pass away
The athlete and his daughter passed away on January 26, 2020, after being involved in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. Six passengers and the pilot also died in the incident.
Kobe’s destination before crash
At the time of the tragedy, the group was traveling to Gianna's basketball game at Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy. The former basketball player was his daughter’s team's coach for the past two years.
Star’s private funeral
On February 7, 2020, Bryant and his daughter were laid to rest in a private funeral at Pacific View Mortuary in Corona Del Mar. The star was also a father to daughters Natalia, Bianca, and baby Capri.