Sharia Bryant Washington: Who Is Kobe Bryant's Older Sister?

Victoria Miller

Kobe Bryant's oldest sister is named Sharia Bryant Washington.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend, who died with his daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven other victims in a helicopter crash in California, was the baby brother to his two sisters Sharia, 43, and Shaya, 42.

On behalf of the Bryant family, Sharia posted a heartbreaking message to Instagram following her famous brother's death.

"We are devastated by the loss of our brother, son, our niece and granddaughter, and our hearts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday. Our lives are forever changed," she wrote in part.

Sharia lives in Las Vegas and is the mother to two daughters and a son, according to In Touch Weekly. She is married to Jerrod Washington.

In her work bio, Sharia describes herself as "a former Division one, NCAA athlete with over 20 years of coaching experience and a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer." Sharia added that her passion is working with young women in sports.

She is also the co-founder of the Serve Receive Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kobe's eldest daughter, Natalia, shares her aunt's love for volleyball and currently plays for her high school.

Sharia revealed that she "frequently" heard her mother talk about how the family could "make money on items associated with Kobe," per USA Today. Sharia also said she once stored some of her brother's belongings in her garage but then returned the items to him because their mother had access to the garage and she feared "that she would try to sell that memorabilia."

The lawsuit ended with an apology from Kobe's parents, who publicly thanked their son for his generous financial support over the years.

Two weeks after Kobe's death, Vanessa shared a sweet video of their youngest daughter, 8-month-old Capri, as she was being held by Sharia while she tried to stand upright. Vanessa captioned the photo by writing that Capri was playing with her "auntie Ri-Ri." You can see the video above.

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