According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, the 37-year-old former model filed paperwork to amend Kobe’s trust to include their 9-month-old daughter. While the former Los Angeles Lakers star’s trust was amended several times since it was created in 2003, it was last updated in 2017 to include daughter Bianka, now 3. (Kobe and Vanessa shared four kids: Natalia, 17, Gianna, 13, Bianka and Capri.)
The NBA legend and daughter Gianna were among nine of the victims in a Los Angeles helicopter crash in January. Kobe was 41.
According to Kobe’s trust agreement, Vanessa, Natalia and Bianka can obtain money from the principal and income trust during Vanessa’s lifetime. Her kids will subsequently distribute the rest of the money upon her death.
Vanessa delivered a powerful eulogy for the father-daughter duo at a public memorial service at the Staples Center last month.
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Smile: by Nat King Cole Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll see the sun come shining through for you Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near That’s the time you must keep on trying Smile, what’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile That’s the time you must keep on trying Smile, what’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile
“They were so easy to love. They were funny, happy, silly, and they loved life,” Vanessa told the star-studded crowd and thousands of viewers watching from home. “They were so full of joy and adventure. God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to have them together.”
More recently, Vanessa and her three daughters posed in front of a mural of Kobe and Gianna. The proud mom shared the picture alongside the lyrics to Nat King Cole’s “Smile” on March 9 via Instagram.
An insider previously told Us that Vanessa’s mother, Sofia Laine, has “been her rock” following the fatal helicopter crash.
“She is incredibly close to her mom and her mom has been her rock throughout the past few weeks,” a source told Us in February. “Her mom is always with her and the girls and she’s been keeping Vanessa strong and she’s the weight of her support system.”
The source added that it “will take a very long time for life to normalize” for Vanessa.Listen on Spotify to Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!
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