The legendary action star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ex-wife Maria Shriver recently took to her Instagram account and posted a picture of late NBA star Kobe Bryant with her daughter. She penned an emotional message on the NBA star’s 3rd death anniversary. The caption read:
I know Kobe Bryant is and always will be a basketball legend, but when I think of him, this is the image that comes to mind. He was the ultimate girl dad. He made it something to be — to honor, to be proud of. That alone changes lives. It changes men. It changes how girls grow up. I find it so inspiring that men now claim this mantle. They honor the title. They are the title.
Today, on the 3rd anniversary of their passing, I’m thinking about the Bryant’s and the families of the other beautful souls who went to heaven today. Their families are mourning. Today is a day of grief, no doubt. Go gentle out there in the world; so many among us are grieving. Let us be reminded to hold space, to have compassion. #abovethenoise
Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others had died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. They were headed to Gianna’s basketball game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, when the helicopter crashed into the hillside due to foggy conditions, killing everyone on board.
The others killed in the crash were the pilot Ara Zobayan; Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa; Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach his daughter’s basketball team; and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. Alyssa and Payton were Gianna’s teammates.
Bryant won five NBA championships during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history. Among his many achievements, Bryant was selected for 18 NBA All-Star Games, winning four All-Star MVP awards. He was also the overall league MVP in 2008.