Video of the Day: Video Shows 13-Year-Old Gianna Bryant Practicing Basketball in Heels Weeks Before She and Father Kobe Bryant Died in Helicopter Crash

Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, 13, impressively scored baskets and practiced her basketball skills in heels just weeks before she and father Kobe Bryant would die in a helicopter crash

Heartbreaking footage captured young Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant showing off basketball skills she learned from father and basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, in heels’ weeks before the two reportedly died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

Shared in an Instagram video in December, 13-year-old Gianna can be seen scoring baskets wearing heels and a dress while her teammates practice around her on a court.

She’s able to seamlessly dribble the basketball behind her back and through her legs without missing a single step.

TMZ reports that Gianna and the former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star were traveling with three other people in a private helicopter when it unexpectedly crashed, killing everyone on board.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am after a fire broke out.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down near the home of Kourtney Kardashian.

Sources told TMZ the chopper was on its way to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that another player and parent were also on the helicopter.

Kobe and Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and their three other daughters – Natalia, Bianca and Capri, who was born last summer.

News of the NBA legend’s death sent shockwaves in the sports world and beyond as dozens of celebrities paid tribute on social media.

Bryant was widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016.

He was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons and was the first and only player in Lakers history to have both of his jersey numbers – 8 and 24 – retired.

Bryant has been known to use a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to travel for years – often flying from Newport Beach to the Staples Center for Lakers games.

Bryant’s death came one day after he was passed by Lakers forward LeBron James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

The unseated star congratulated James on Twitter during the Lakers’ 108-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

James had written ‘Mamba 4 Life’ and ‘8/24 KB’ on his sneakers in gold ink before the game to show respect for Bryant.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Lauren Edmonds and Megan Sheets

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