KOBE Bryant’s parents Joe and Pamela are seen together on the first anniversary of the hoops legend’s death in the Calabasas helicopter crash that also killed their granddaughter Gianna and seven others.
The grieving parents and grandparents – Pamela was wearing black – were spotted close to their Las Vegas home having a low key day out accompanied by their eldest daughter, Sharia Washington.
Joe and Pamela Bryant, along with their daughter Sharia Washington, were spotted in Las VegasCredit: Coleman-Rayner / The US Sun
The grieving parents and grandparents went out on the first anniversary of Kobe and his daughter Gianna’s deathsCredit: Coleman-Rayner / The US Sun
Pamela was dressed in a black dress as she walked with her daughterCredit: Coleman-Rayner / The US Sun
They headed for lunch at Café Zupas to get some take out, then former NBA star Joe, known as Jellybean in his playing days, went to Target to pick up some household goods while Sharia and her mom walked to their local Petland store.
They were on their day out not far from a colourful Las Vegas mural memorial to the star created in 41-year-old Kobe’s and 13-year-old Gianna’s honor by fans.
An onlooker who saw the family said: “It was good to see his mom, dad and sister out together one year on from the tragedy.
“Joe looks so like his son and Pamela was extremely dignified and elegant in a black dress.
The Las Vegas mural commemorating Kobe and Gianna close to where his parents were spotted
Former NBA player Joe headed to a Target while his wife and daughter went to a pet storeCredit: Coleman-Rayner / The US Sun
“Just getting out with their daughter and doing ‘normal’ things is important, even for a family that was hit by something so terrible, somehow life has to go on.”
Joe and Pam had a fractious relationship with Kobe, their youngest child, during his adult life but soon after his death The Sun told how he has trying to bring about a reconciliation and that he had been speaking to his father.
The Sun has also told how other members of Kobe’s family stayed busy over the anniversary but that for them “every day is hard” by Jeremy Treatman, Kobe’s assistant coach in high school in Philadelphia.
Tony Altobelli, 50, brother of college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, who perished in the helicopter crash with his youngest daughter Alyssa, 13, and wife Keri, 46, also told The Sun how his surviving niece Lexi, 17, is coping with her grief through “isolation and time alone”.
Kobe fell out with his mom and dad because they did not approve of his relationship with his future wife and mother of his four kids, Vanessa, who was just 18 at the time she married Kobe in 2001.
Joe was reconciling with his son when the tragedy occurred one year agoCredit: Coleman-Rayner / The US Sun
Sharia and Joe picked up takeout food from Café ZupasCredit: Coleman-Rayner / The US Sun
Kobe pictured with his parents during the 2000 NBA finalsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Pam and Joe watch their son at the 2010 NBA play offsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Neither of Kobe’s parents attended the wedding at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California.
There was a sign their family relations had improved when Joe and Pamela were seen cheering on their son at the Lakers’ 2010 championship run.
But relations hit a low in 2013 when Kobe’s parents tried to sell some of the Lakers guard’s sports memorabilia to an auction house which prompted him to file a lawsuit.
Kobe argued that he had not given his permission for the memorabilia to be sold and he sued the auction house, Goldin, that was involved.
He eventually won the case and was also given a public apology from his parents.
Kobe with his wife and daughtersCredit: Refer to Caption
Kobe and Vanessa were married in 2001Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Kobe and his daughter GiannaCredit: Instagram/vanessabryant
Part of that apology read: “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years.”
The National Transportation Safety Board has recently announced it will hold a public meeting on February 9 to discuss what caused the Sikorsky S-76B, built in 1991, to crash, killing nine.
Last February, Kobe’s widow filed a lawsuit against the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, and his employer, Island Express.
Surviving family members of the others who died have also filed similar legal claims.
They are arguing the pilot and his employer should not have been flying in cloudy and dangerous conditions.
Kobe’s widow Vanessa is now suing LA County Sheriff’s Department claiming negligence, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and the violation of her right to privacy.
In December, it was also revealed Vanessa’s mother Sofia Urbieta is suing her daughter at a court in Orange County.
Sofia is claiming she was never paid for working as Kobe and her daughter’s assistant and nanny to their four children.
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