Kobe Bryant's Big Sister Gets Tribute Tattoo for Kobe and Gianna | 22 Words

The world is still coming to terms with the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant following the devastating helicopter crash last month that claimed the lives of 8 others, including his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna.

Kobe's family has understandably been struggling with the deaths - and they have frequently taken to Instagram to pay tribute.

On Monday, thousands of people flocked to the Staples Center to pay tribute to Kobe and Gigi, as well as the other victims of the tragic accident, and now, Kobe's big sister has gotten her own very personal tribute tattoo.

Keep scrolling to learn more...

For those of you that aren't aware, Kobe Bryant was a legend.

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After he left high school, he entered the NBA directly and went onto win 5 championships.

He was one of the world's best shooting guards.

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Kobe Bryant made history on many occasions. His twenty-year career in the NBA saw him become the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history in 2010. At thirty-four years old, he also became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. What an achievement.

However, in 2016, he retired...

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After a string of injuries began taking their toll on his body, he decided it would be best to leave the game, though that didn't stop him from coaching and doing extra work on the side in order to aid the NBA.

Last month, the world's heart was broken...

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Kobe Bryant was tragically killed in a helicopter crash on Jan 26. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas at around 9:45 am local time, TMZ sports confirms.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

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But tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reported.

During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors...

And there were 9 bodies found at the scene.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

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TMZ Sports reported that Gianna, aged thirteen, tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

This is utterly devastating news...

Kobe and Gigi leave behind their wife/mom and their daughters/sisters - Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.

The tragedy claimed the lives of 7 others...

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All 9 of the passengers on board were confirmed to have died in the tragic crash.

Tributes quickly came flooding in, with Barack Obama reiterating that Kobe was a "legend."

The two had a strong friendship as Kobe was an active Obama supporter and they both shared similar views on social issues.

In a slightly less empathetic way, Donald Trump also tweeted this...

Melania also sent her condolences.

And Whoopi Goldberg also emphasized how much of a hero he was...

She wrote: "RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson, extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family."

Viola Davis was also amongst those who paid tribute to Kobe...

Kobe's family has just been hit with the worst news they could possibly have. No goodbyes. No final words. Devastating.

And a host of other sports personalities sent their condolences to the family...

Megan Rapinoe, a professional soccer player for the United States team tweeted about him.

And Usain Bolt too...

He attached a photograph of him and Kobe right before one of his races.

Kobe's wife, Vanessa, recently opened up about her tragic loss...

And she penned a heart-wrenching Instagram post a few days after the tragedy.

Vanessa admitted how difficult coming to terms with her loss is.

"My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone.  I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me," she wrote.

"It feels wrong."

"Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live." "Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri."

She continued...

"I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this."

"God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over."

"Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all."

Two weeks after their tragic deaths, Kobe and Gianna Bryant were laid to rest...

Their private funeral was held on February 7th at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.

The ceremony was reportedly "extremely hard for everyone."

"Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss," a source told ET. "The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it's still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls."

As well as the private funeral, Vanessa revealed the finalized plans for a public memorial service for Kobe and Gianna...

The service was held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where the star played basketball for the Lakers throughout his entire 2-decade career.

The date 2/24/20 is a special date for the family...

They chose the 24th as it was the number Kobe sported since the 2006-07 season. But that's not the only significance.

'2' is the number Gianna played in basketball...

And 20 is the number of years Kobe and Vanessa were together for as well as the number of years he played as a Laker.

And the memorial proved to be as emotional as expected...

With millions of people around the world watching the memorial at The Staples Center, gathering outside the venue, or via live streams.

Vanessa delivered an incredibly moving speech...

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"First, I'd like to thank everyone for coming today," she said tearfully. "The outpouring of love and support my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting... I'd like to talk about both Kobe and GiGi, but I'd like to start with my baby girl first."

This was clearly extremely difficult for Vanessa to open up about...

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The crowd cheers for Vanessa as she struggles to get her words out. "My baby girl, Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was always thoughtful, she always kissed me goodnight and kissed me good morning. On a few occasions when I was absolutely tired from being up with Bianka and Capri, I thought she had left for school without saying goodbye, so I text and say, 'no kiss?' Gianna would reply with, 'Momma, I kissed you, but you were asleep and I didn't want to wake you'."

"She was daddy's girl"...

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"But I know she loved her momma," Vanessa then said. "She would always tell me how much she loved me, and she was one of my best friends. GiGi would have most likely become the best player in the WNBA... she would have made a huge difference for women's basketball and she was motivated to change the way everyone viewed women in sports."

"I cannot imagine life without her"...

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Vanessa then went on to speak of her husband. "Kobe was known as a fierce competitor on the basketball court, the greatest of all time, a writer, an Oscar winner, and the Black Mamba... but to me, he was Kobe-Kobe, my booboo, my bae-boo, I was his Vee-Bee, his Queen Momma."

Vanessa went on to describe the relationship she had with Kobe...

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"We balanced each other out, he would do anything for me," she went on to tearfully say. "I have no idea how I deserved a man who loved and wanted me more than Kobe. He was charismatic, a gentleman, he was loving, adoring, and romantic... We really had the most amazing love story. We loved each other with our whole beings, making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls."

"God knew they couldn't be on this Earth without each other"...

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"He had to bring them home to heaven together," Vanessa concluded her speech with: "Babe, you take care of our GiGi, and I got Nanni, BiBi, and Coco. We're still the best team, we love and miss you, Booboo and GiGi. May you both rest in peace and have fun in heaven, until we meet again one day."

Her speech was so difficult to watch...

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And it is utterly heartbreaking to see the pain she is currently in.

All of the Bryants are struggling immensely at the moment...

And this includes Kobe's big sister, Sharia.

The family is making tributes in their own unique and personal ways...

And Sharia has just debuted her very own tribute on Instagram.

She has gotten a tattoo...

The ink, which was done by Peter Barrios, is on Sharia’s shoulder and it features Kobe and Gianna’s basketball numbers, 24 and 2, with a snake wrapped around them in the shape of an infinity symbol.

The snake is a clear representation of Kobe's signature "Black Mamba" nickname...

And the infinity symbol represents Kobe and Gianna being up in heaven together.

This is truly a beautiful tribute...

And our thoughts and condolences continue to go out to the Bryant family during this unimaginable time.