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Among Highest-Earning Dead Celebs, a Surprise Name
Among Highest-Earning
Dead Celebs, a Surprise Name
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Among Highest-Earning Dead Celebs, a Surprise Name

Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro comes in at No. 9 on new 'Forbes' ranking

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual ranking of the highest-earning dead celebrities, and those on the top 10 have plenty of name recognition. No. 1, for example, is JRR Tolkien, whose estate pulled in $500 million thanks to the sale of Middle Earth Enterprises to a video game company....

Vanessa Bryant Donating Proceeds From Her Case

To the foundation that honors legacies of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant

(Newser) - The money from the judgment Vanessa Bryant won Wednesday will benefit the foundation named for her late husband and daughter. Bryant, who won the $16 million judgment in her case against Los Angeles County following the deaths of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, 13, in a 2020 helicopter crash, announced...

Jury Awards Vanessa Bryant $16M Over Crash Photos

Sheriff's deputies and firefighters passed around images of remains of Gianna and Kobe Bryant

(Newser) - Update: In a unanimous verdict, a federal jury decided Wednesday that Los Angeles County must pay Vanessa Bryant $16 million over its handling of photos of her husband's body taken at the site of the NBA star's fatal helicopter crash. Sheriff's deputies and firefighters took and shared...

Top 10 Baby Names Inspired by Sports Stars

Kobe tops the most recent list

(Newser) - Teachers will be calling on a lot more Kobes in about five years. As KTLA reports, the name "Kobe" tops the list of baby names presumably inspired by sports stars between 2000 and 2021. The list, compiled by Betsperts , found that more than 17,000 infants born in the...

Statue of Kobe, Gianna Unveiled at Crash Site

Miniature version of a larger work placed temporarily to honor 2nd death anniversary

(Newser) - Two years to the day after a helicopter crash killed nine people, a statue was unveiled of its two most prominent victims, NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, at the site of the tragedy in Calabasas, Calif., per CNN . The 160-pound bronze statue shows Bryant in his...

Vanessa Bryant Must Turn Over Her Therapy Records

Judge rules records from 2017 on must be submitted to Los Angeles County

(Newser) - Update: A judge has ruled that Kobe Bryant's widow must turn over her therapy records to Los Angeles County in her lawsuit claiming she suffered emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, their...

Vanessa Bryant: 'RIP Kobe' Was First I Heard of His Death

NBA star's widow revealed detail last month in deposition

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant heard from a family assistant on the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, that the helicopter her husband and daughter had taken, heading to 13-year-old Gianna's basketball games, had crashed. But the assistant thought five people had survived, and Vanessa assumed Kobe and Gianna would be among the...

LA: Vanessa Bryant's 'Scorched Earth' Lawsuit Is Too Much

County complains in new court filing

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant is going too far in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County over photos from the site of her late husband Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash, the county says in a new court filing. Bryant, in her pursuit of information about sheriff's deputies and fire department employees who...

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Estate Won't Renew Nike Contract

The legendary Laker's widow reportedly wanted it to be easier for kids to get shoes

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant and the estate of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, won’t renew a contract with Nike. Bryant told ESPN Monday night she was hoping for a lifelong partnership with the shoe giant. Kobe’s shoes were groundbreaking—low-top sneakers were not common in the NBA—and releases sell...

Vanessa Bryant Shares Sheriff's Deputies' Names

Judge cleared the way for Kobe Bryant's widow to do so last week

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, on Wednesday posted the names of four Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies she alleges shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, their daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Bryant's Instagram posts include images of portions of...

Judge Sides With Widow of Kobe Bryant Over Deputies
Kobe Bryant's Widow
Wins in Court

Kobe Bryant's Widow Wins in Court

Vanessa Bryant can obtain the names of deputies accused of sharing crash photos

(Newser) - A federal judge in California has ruled that Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, can obtain the names of four Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who allegedly shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, their daughter Gianna, and seven others. An effort...

Vanessa Bryant: Some Days 'I Feel Like I Can't Survive'

But 'Kobe and Gigi motivate me to keep going'

(Newser) - There are some days when Vanessa Bryant's "unimaginable" grief brings her to her knees. Almost 14 months after her husband, Kobe Bryant, and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (Gigi), were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, "I can't say that I'm strong every day. I...

Vanessa Bryant Wants Deputies' Names Released

She says they took pictures of Kobe Bryant crash site

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant wants a US court to release the names of the four Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies she says took and shared photos of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, after he, their daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last year. The request is part of...

Meek Mill Apologizes for Line About Kobe Bryant's Death

Rapper's track talks about dying the way the NBA star did

(Newser) - A reference to the death of Kobe Bryant in a rapper's track has drawn an objection from the NBA star's wife. Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California in January 2020, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people . Meek Mill's "Don't...

Feds Lay Out Final Moments in Kobe Bryant Crash

NTSB says pilot apparently became disoriented in clouds before crashing

(Newser) - US safety investigators said Tuesday the pilot of Kobe Bryant's helicopter flew through the clouds last year in an apparent violation of federal standards, likely becoming disoriented just before the helicopter crashed and killed Bryant and eight others, per the AP . Pilot Ara Zobayan was flying under visual flight...

Kobe Bryant Was Pretty Savvy Off the Court, Too
Kobe Bryant's Best Investment
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Kobe Bryant's Best Investment Paid Off Handsomely

He put $6M into Body Armor, and stake was worth $200M just 4 years later

(Newser) - Exactly one year ago, a helicopter crash took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others near Calabasas, California. The NBA legend's widow, Vanessa, was among those marking the anniversary on Tuesday, notes People . "I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened...

Vanessa Bryant Slams Mom's 'Unimaginably Hurtful' Suit

Kobe's widow says Sofia Laine is falsely claiming she worked as a personal assistant and nanny

(Newser) - A family feud between Kobe Bryant's widow and her own mom has accusations of broken promises and extortion flying. Sofia Laine, who filed a 48-page lawsuit against 38-year-old Vanessa Bryant, has claimed that she toiled away for years as the Bryants' "personal assistant and nanny," and that...

Deputy Actions at Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Will Be Illegal

Law bans unauthorized photos of accident or crime scenes

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's wish has come true . Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal in California to take unauthorized photos of a crime or accident scene, as occurred in the aftermath of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and...

Vanessa Bryant Files Suit Against LA Sheriff

Widow says deputies shared photos of Kobe crash

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter, and seven others. After the Jan. 26 crash, reports surfaced that graphic photos of the victims...

Feds Find 'Telltale Signs' in Kobe Helicopter Crash

The pilot may have 'misperceived' the angles

(Newser) - The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he actually was heading for the ground, federal investigators said in documents released Wednesday, per the AP . Ara Zobayan radioed to air traffic controllers that he was climbing...

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