RIP Kobe Bryant and Daughter: They Died a Few Hours after Attending Mass

And he named his daughter Gianna. I suspect for Saint Gianna Molla. They had just been to Mass and Communion before the fatal helicopter accident.

NYPost: Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, went to church just hours before dying — along with seven others — in a helicopter crash on the way to the teen’s basketball tournament, a report said.

The two attended 7 a.m. Catholic Mass and received Communion at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of the Angels in Newport Beach, a church

Church Pop: If for some reason you don’t know who Kobe Bryant is, he’s only one of the best basketball players ever. And he recently retired from the NBA.

What most people don’t know, though, is that he’s Catholic. And that, according to a recent interview, his Catholic faith helped him through one of the darkest times of his life. More here