Vanessa Bryant First Learned of Kobe’s Death Online

The late basketball player’s wife testified that she initially found out about the death of her husband and their daughter from social-media posts.

10/25/2021 10:02:00 PM

“I was holding onto my phone, because obviously I was trying to call my husband back and all these notifications started popping up on my phone, saying ‘RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe’”

The late basketball player’s wife testified that she initially found out about the death of her husband and their daughter from social-media posts.

The morning of the accident, a family assistant came to the Bryant house around 11:30 a.m. to inform Vanessa of the crash. She was told that five people survived the accident and assumed Gianna and Kobe to be among them. However, around the same time, TMZ broke the news of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths online. “I was holding onto my phone, because obviously I was trying to call my husband back,” Vanessa said in her recent court appearance, “and all these notifications started popping up on my phone, saying ‘RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe.’” Hours later, Vanessa got confirmation from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department that all nine people onboard, including Kobe and Gianna, had died in the crash.

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