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Ex-Laker Pau Gasol Names Newborn After Kobe’s Daughter Gianna

Former LA Laker, Pau Gasol, has named his newborn baby girl after Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, who tragically passed away earlier this year.

You can probably remember the tragedy that took place on January 26 in Calabasas, California.

Kobe Bryant, travelling with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died earlier this year when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into the side of the mountain.

It was reported at the time that the helicopter was travelling through heavy fog and witnesses reported hearing the helicopter struggling before crashing.

Gianna, who was a promising basketball player herself, was just 13 at the time of her death.

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At the time of the crash, former Lakers player and close friend of Bryants, Pau Gasol, wrote:

I still refuse to believe it… it still feels like a nightmare that I can’t wait to wake up from… but if this nightmare continues, I will do what I can to keep your legacy going and your lessons present in everything I do.

And now Gasol has stuck to his promise, welcoming his daughter into the world with a very special name.

Posting to Instagram, Gasol wrote:

Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! ❤️👨‍👩‍👧 #girldad.

I’m sure Kobe and Gianna would be delighted.

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