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Kobe Bryant’s death cost his family ‘hundreds of millions’ of dollars, Vanessa Bryant says

Vanessa Bryant says Kobe Bryant’s death cost their family a lot of money

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Vanessa Bryant continues to post about the loss of her husband and daughter. This Feb. 26, 2018 file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, from left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bryant continues to post about the loss of her husband and daughter. This Feb. 26, 2018, file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, from left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles.

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Vanessa Bryant said in new court documents that Kobe Bryant’s death cost the family “hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to E! News.

What’s going on:

  • Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters in February after her husband, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna Bryant, died in a helicopter crash at the end of January, as I reported for the Deseret News.
  • The wrongful death lawsuit argued Island Express, agents, employees and pilot Ara George Zobayan had a duty to take careful circumstances given who was inside the helicopter.
  • In new court documents, Vanessa Bryant “seeks economic damages, noneconomic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the court deems just and proper.” 
  • “Although the total specific amount of personal injury damages that plaintiff seeks is TBD, Kobe Bryant’s future lost earnings equals hundreds of millions of dollars,” the court document says, according to E! News.

What we knew before

  • Early reports on the lawsuit suggestedVanessa Bryant would seek damages for Kobe Bryant’s death, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • According to USA Today, “the 27-page complaint doesn’t specify a dollar amount; it seeks general, economic and punitive damages, which could total into the millions.”