‘Our Lives Are Forever Changed’: Kobe Bryant’s Sisters Release Statement Following His...

‘Our Lives Are Forever Changed’: Kobe Bryant’s Sisters Release Statement Following His Tragic Death

By Wires | The Trent on February 1, 2020
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Sharia Washington (left), Kobe Bryant (center) and Shaya Tabb (right).
Sharia Washington (left), Kobe Bryant (center) and Shaya Tabb (right) in an undated picture. | Chris Weeks/Wireimage

Kobe Bryant‘s sisters are breaking their silence following their brother’s sudden passing — in which the athlete, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other victims died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.

Sharia Washington and Shaya Tabb released their first public statement since the fatal incident on Friday, January 31, 2020 saying they are “in grieving” along with Bryant’s widow Vanessa, 37, and his daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months, over the loss of their sibling and niece.

“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,” they told iOne Digital in a statement. “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,” the sisters added, before thanking the public for their “prayers, the numerous calls, texts, emails and cards.”

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In this Feb. 14, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (24) hugs his daughter Gianna on the court in warm-ups before first half NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto. | Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP

Bryant, 41, and Gianna were reportedly on their way to a youth basketball game in Thousand Oaks with parents and players from the Mamba Sports Academy girls’ team when their helicopter crashed amid foggy conditions on a hill in Calabasas. The two died alongside pilot Ara Zobayan, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli.

The family statement follows an emotional message Vanessa had shared on Instagram on Wednesday, in which she told fans she’s “devastated” over the loss of her “adoring” husband and their “beautiful, sweet” daughter Gianna.

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Kobe Bryant, Vanessa and their first three daughters | Courtesy of Kobe Bryant/Instagram

“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,” she wrote.

“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,” Vanessa added.

Kobe Bryant was the son of an NBA basketball star, Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant and his wife, Pamela. They had three children, the sisters and Kobe.

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Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and his son, Kobe Bryant in an undated photo| Getty Images

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