Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, in an image of the player's Instagram account shortly before having their fourth daughter. IG
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Basketball was his life but Kobe Bryant had another great passion: his family . The Los Angeles Lakers star , who died Sunday in a helicopter accident with her daughter Gianna and two other people, was a very familiar man . His Instagram account is full of images of his wife, Vanessa , and his four daughters, Natalia (17), Gianna (13), Bianka (4) and Capri , seven months old. Bryant showed himself as a proud father of his daughters and a loving husband.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine met very young. He was 20 years old and she was 17. Just a few months later, when she turned 18, they got married. The ceremony was held in 2001 in a locality in California but it was not attended by the player's family, or his parents or sisters, who did not approve the relationship or accept Vanessa , a young woman of Mexican origin (her last name is Cornejo, who he changed to Laine when his mother married for the second time) who had made his first steps as a model and dancer in video clips.
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Throughout the twenty years of marriage they suffered ups and downs and a separation, in 2012 , although it was temporary, since Kobe and Vanessa reconciled a year later and did not distance themselves again until the player's death. The player was reputed to be a womanizer and was even sued by a 19-year-old girl who worked in a Colorado hotel who accused him of sexual abuse in 2003 . The lawsuit was finally withdrawn after Bryant reached an economic agreement with the young woman, but damaged the image of the athlete.
On her thirteenth wedding anniversary Vanessa sent her an affectionate message on her Instagram account: "I thank you for being married to the love of my life and my best friend. Marriage is not perfect but everything is possible thanks to God and the love".
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Kobe and Vanessa had four daughters , the last one, Capri, born only seven months ago. All of them bear Italian names because of the relationship Bryant had with Italy throughout his life, since he lived in that country for eight years, while his father played in the Italian professional basketball league.
The oldest, Natalia Diamante (17), was followed by Gianna Maria-Onore , who died Sunday with her father in the helicopter accident at age 13. Gianna followed in Bryant's footsteps and played basketball in Los Angeles Lady Mamba. The third girl, Bianka Bella is 4 years old and Capri is seven months old.
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