Kobe Bryant’s admirers and family members are paying tribute to him today, August 23, which would have been his 44th birthday. The famous athlete, who was also a husband and father of four children, died on January 26, 2020, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, as previously reported by REVOLT.
Vanessa, Kobe’s wife, paid her late husband a brief but heartfelt tribute. Happy birthday, little one! I miss you so much and I love you! “#44,” she captioned a photo on Instagram. The two can be seen smiling and hugging in a picture. The image, according to TMZ, was taken in 2009, the year Kobe won his fourth NBA championship and his first MVP award in the NBA Finals. Having been married since April 2001, the couple. ESPN also recalled the legend with affection. “A legendary final contest. Today would have been Kobe Bryant’s 44th birthday, they wrote in a tweet. A video of Kobe’s final game before retiring was included in the tribute, in which JAY-Z and actor Jack Nicholson (The Shining, Batman) can be seen celebrating.
Roc Nation Sports, owned by JAY-Z, also posted some heartfelt words: “Remembering @KobeBryant on his Birthday. We appreciate you motivating us every day. Forever Mamba,” they penned. A looping video montage featuring the Lakers champion’s best moments is being watched. A video of Kobe enjoying a previous birthday with family and teammates was posted on a fan page. The post states, “Kobe Bryant’s birthday was celebrated by LeBron and Team USA during the 2008 Olympics.”
One of the few NBA players to play his entire career for the same team was Kobe. Bryant represented the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years. In an Instagram post after his passing, the organisation offered its sincere condolences. The opening line of the statement was, “We are devastated and have been forever changed by the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
We send our love to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and the families of the other travellers, they continued. Kobe’s significance to the Los Angeles Lakers, our supporters, and our city is indescribable in words. He was a devoted husband, father, and teammate in addition to being a talented basketball player. We will always carry their love and light in our hearts.