Sources told People, Kobe and Vanessa believed they should never be on the same helicopter. The two “had a deal that they would never fly on a helicopter together.” The revelation comes following the tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe, his daughter Gianna and seven others. Kobe and his daughter were headed to a youth basketball game.
Kobe was known for using his helicopter to travel from Orange County to Los Angeles. He believed using the helicopter saved him time, which allowed him to see his family more. A source said Kobe would only fly with pilot Ara Zobayan, who was one of the nine killed in the helicopter crash.
An investigation into the crash has been launched. It is believed the pilot, who was driving in foggy conditions, crashed into a hill. The officials were able to recover three bodies but are still searching for the other passengers.
Following Kobe’s death, his former teammate Lamar Odom wrote an emotional message. He asked why his life was spared instead of Kobe’s.
He wrote, “I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother ???? @kobebryant
Gabrielle Union wrote a heartfelt note to Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant.