Vanessa Bryant says Kobe Bryant's death lost family 'hundreds of millions'

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant
Vanessa and Kobe Bryant
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  • Vanessa Bryant is seeking "economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief" in her wrongful death lawsuit against Express Helicopters, the company involved in Kobe and Gianna Bryant's deaths.
  • The wife of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, says the basketball star's "future lost earnings" would have been "hundreds of millions of dollars".
  • Vanessa says in court documents that the company had "full knowledge that the subject helicopter was flying into unsafe weather conditions".
  • Berge Zobayan, a family member of the pilot flying the helicopter, says the passengers on board knew the risks of flying on that particular day.


Vanessa Bryant says the helicopter company involved in the accident that killed both Kobe Bryant and her daughter, Gianna, has cost their family "hundreds of millions" of dollars.

According to court documents, which were obtained by People, in her wrongful death lawsuit against Express Helicopters, the wife of the NBA legend is seeking "economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the Court deems just and proper".

"Although the total specific amount of personal injury damages that Plaintiff seeks is TBD, Kobe Bryant's future lost earnings equals hundreds of millions of dollars," the documents state.

In the lawsuit, which she first filed in February, Vanessa states the helicopter company and its employees had the "duty to use that degree of care that an ordinarily careful and prudent pilot would use under the same or similar circumstances".

"Defendant Island Express Helicopters authorised, directed and/or permitted a flight with full knowledge that the subject helicopter was flying into unsafe weather conditions," the lawsuit says on behalf of the Bryant family.

Express Helicopters have made very few statements regarding the investigation – only telling E! News: "This was a tragic accident. We will have no comment on the pending litigation." – but Berge Zobayan, a representative for, and family member of, the pilot flying the helicopter, who also died in the crash, filed an answer with the Superior Court.

Berge's response, which forms part of 13 defences, said: "Any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs and/or their decedent, including their knowing and voluntary encounter with the risks involved, and that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing their purported damages, for which this answering defendant bears no responsibility."