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Kobe Bryant (here in a throwback photo with big sister Shaya, one of his two siblings) was born in Philadelphia on Aug. 23, 1978, to mom Pamela Cox Bryant and father Joe Bryant, a former NBA player, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the San Diego Clippers and the Houston Rockets. He spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father moved the family after he retired from the NBA and began playing abroad, and moved back to the U.S. in 1991.

From NBA Star to Devoted Family Man: Kobe Bryant’s Life in Photos

The legendary basketball star, born Aug. 23, 1978, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020