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Vanessa Bryant Explains Discovering Kobe’s Death On Social Media

Basketball player Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa at the official after party for the 2004 World Music Awards, September 15, 2005 at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show was being broadcast live from Las Vegas on September 15 for the first time after being held in Monte Carlo for 15 years. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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Basketball player Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa at the official after party for the 2004 World Music Awards, September 15, 2005 at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show was being broadcast live from Las Vegas on September 15 for the first time after being held in Monte Carlo for 15 years. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Vanessa Bryant reveals she found out about her iconic husband’s passing by the way of social media platforms.

Vanessa Bryant is currently involved with a legal issue with the Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department for their role in passing around images of the crash where Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant died back in 2020. She is suing due to some officials had shown the photos to various acquaintances, and now, Vanessa is suing for invasion of privacy, as well as negligence.

As part of the proceedings, Bryant had to undergo a deposition, where she was asked various questions about the circumstances around Kobe’s death. That’s when Vanessa had to explain how she found out about the passing of her husband and child. As she explains, the original report claimed that five people had survived, and Vanessa was confident her family was part of those five. However, she quickly realized Kobe had died when social media messages started popping up everywhere with the words “RIP Kobe.”

“I was holding onto my phone, because obviously I was trying to call my husband back, and all these notifications started popping up on my phone, saying ‘RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe. RIP Kobe’,” Vanessa said. “My life will never be the same without my husband and daughter.”

It was recently reported that L.A. Country wanted Vanessa to undergo a psychiatric exam to see if she really does have emotional and mental injuries from the incident. This is all meant to be part of the lawsuit, although some have described it as invasive.