Vanessa Bryant: Who Is Kobe Bryant's Wife?

Effie Orfanides

Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash, according to TMZ. The legendary basketball star is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant, who was not on board the helicopter at the time of the crash. Kobe and Vanessa got married in 2001 and had four daughters together. One of the four girls, Gianna, was on board the helicopter and has also been killed.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed that there was a helicopter crash this morning. Deputy Navarro told The Inquisitr that all five people on board the aircraft have been confirmed dead. She did not confirm or deny whether or not Kobe Bryant was one of those people. She also did not address whether or not any of those on board were children.

On January 29, Vanessa released a statement, saying she and her daughters are "completely devastated" by their sudden loss.

The two had an instant, undeniable chemistry. The following year, Kobe proposed. At the time, Vanessa was a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach.

In 2006, the couple welcomed their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.

They took a break from adding more children to the family for several years before welcoming Bianka Bella Bryant in 2016. They became a family of six just last year, welcoming their fourth girl, Capri Kobe Bryant, into their family.

In December 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce from her husband. She asked for joint custody of their children but requested that the girls live with her.

The divorce didn't end up going through, however.

"The Bryants have resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately with the assistance of counsel and a Judgment dissolving their marital status will be entered in 2012. We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time," a publicist for the Bryants said in a statement at the time.

The couple also posted to their respective social media accounts, letting fans know that they had worked things out.

"We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together. Kobe & Vanessa," Vanessa wrote on Instagram at the time.

"I am happy to say that Vanessa and I are moving on with our lives together as a family. When the show ends and the music stops, the journey is made beautiful by having that someone to share it with. Thank you all for your support and prayers! Much luv, Mamba out," Kobe wrote in a Facebook post.