Kobe Bryant’s dad, Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant, seen for first time since crash. Kobe Bryant’s estranged dad has been seen for the first time since having to deal with the “black hole” of his son’s death. Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, 65, was photographed Monday by DailyMail after a large bouquet of flowers was delivered to the home he shares with Kobe’s mother, Pamela.

Kobe Bryant’s dad seen for first time since crash

The dad — also a former NBA star — was reportedly on the cusp of mending his years-old rift with his son when the Lakers legend died in Sunday’s devastating California chopper crash.

The star’s parents are “devastated” by the double tragedy, having lost a granddaughter, 13-year-old Gianna, alongside their 41-year-old son, neighbors told the site.

On Sunday, 26  shocking news emerged that an helicopter carrying basketball legend Kobe Bryant had crashed into a hill in southern California. In the hours following the crash, it was confirmed that among the 9 passengers who lost their lives was the athlete’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.  The passengers were on the way to Bryant’s youth basketball academy. It was later revealed that the rest of the passengers onboard were Gianna’s teammate Alyssa Altobelli, her parents John and Keri Altobelli, basketball coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester, and pilot Ara Zobayan.


Since news of the fatal accident spread, many celebrities and public figures have been posting tributes to Bryant’s career and legacy, as well as expressing condolences to the families of the passengers, including Bryant’s wife Vanessa and three other daughters.

Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, ‘can’t finish a sentence without crying’. Vanessa, is struggling to “keep it together” and “can’t finish a sentence without crying,” family friends say.

Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa

The pals told People magazine that the NBA legend’s 37-year-old widow is surrounded by “a good support system” — but “you can never be prepared for this.”

“Despite their ups and downs, [the couple] were soulmates. She thought of him as her partner for life,” a source said of Vanessa and Kobe, who was killed along with their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning.

Vanessa is “devastated. She can hardly keep it together,’’ the source said. “She can’t finish a sentence without crying. But she is working very hard to pull it together for the other girls. She now has to be the strong one.” Page6 reported.

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