News of Bryant's death led to an outpouring of grief from friends, fans and fellow NBA players. Bryant and Gianna had reportedly been traveling to Mamba Sports Academy, a sports facility that Bryant established and coached at, for a basketball game when the helicopter crashed. Seven other people on board, including the helicopter's pilot, were also killed.
Bryant, 41, and his wife, Vanessa, are parents to four daughters, including Gianna, 17-year old Natalia, 3-year-old Bianka and 6-month-old Capri.
Bryant coached Gianna's team, the Los Angeles Lady Mambas. Just weeks ago, Gianna shared a video of herself playing basketball on Instagram and compared it against a clip of her father playing in the NBA.
Another sweet photo from Gianna's Instagram shows her and Bryant grinning from courtside seats at the Staples Center.
In November, a sweet video of Bryant and his daughter sitting courtside at a basketball game went viral online for the cute bonding moment between the two. Many fans resurfaced the video in light of the tragedy.