Kobe Bryant’s relationship with his daughters came to personify the Lakers legend’s persona after his retirement from the NBA.
The five-time NBA champion’s passing in a January helicopter crash, along with his teenage daughter Gianna, prompted a flood of tributes.
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Many pictures of the pair were published in the wake of the tragedy, but eagle-eyed viewers noted one incredible detail in a commonly used image of the pair at a college basketball game, taken in December.
The picture shows a smiling father and daughter, with Gianna holding her phone in the foreground.
The hidden detail, which was only noticed recently, can be seen in Gianna’s phone.
The teenager’s screensaver featured an image of her and Kobe, which had been taken several weeks earlier at a Lakers game.
The screensaver image featured a smiling Gianna resting her head on Kobe’s shoulder as her father planted a kiss on her head.
Kobe and Gianna farewelled in moving memorial ceremony
The ceremony was an opportunity for Bryant’s fans and the public to mourn and honour the fallen Los Angeles Lakers icon who died in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven others on Jan. 26.
Kobe and Gianna were laid to rest in a private ceremony in Corona Del Mar, California, on Feb. 7.
Vanessa Bryant delivered a moving speech to remember her late husband and daughter.
“I want my daughters to remember the amazing person, husband and father he was — the kind of man who wanted to teach future generations to be better and keep them from making his own mistakes,” Vanessa said.
She closed with a message for Kobe.
“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to have them together.
“Babe, you take care of our Gigi.”