Actress Olivia Munn Revealed She Was Supposed to Start Working with NBA Legend Kobe Bryant to Teach Kids about Death

Actress Olivia Munn shared a touching tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died tragically after the helicopter he was riding in suddenly crashed.

Munn shared that she had a meeting scheduled with Bryant and his original content company Granity Studios to discuss a partnership aimed at helping children “be less afraid of death.”

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Munn began, writing, “Kobe. You were such a wonderful friend. Always positive and thoughtful and supportive and reliable and so, so bright. One of the brightest souls I’ve ever seen and I am absolutely devastated by this.”

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Olivia Munn Reveals She and Kobe Bryant Were Supposed to Teach Kids About Death

She continued, “We were supposed to get together this week to brainstorm more parts of the epic world you were creating at Granity Studios. You were creating a whole big world from scratch- everything from the continents to the oceans and rivers to the trees and even the leaves on the trees.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣”

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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Munn wrote that she had last spoken to Bryant about a friend’s daughter who had passed away after a battle with cancer. Her friend told her younger child that her sister had “turned into a star” after her death.

Olivia Munn Says She & Kobe Bryant Were to Teach Kids about Death
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“We wanted to help kids be less afraid of death and tell stories of all the little and big stars…and now you’re one of them,’” she wrote on Instagram.

“Sending all my love to Vanessa and your daughters,” she concluded. “Rest in love, my friend. I’ll look for you in the sky.”

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Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant was also on the helicopter, along with seven other victims. Those victims have been identified as Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester, college baseball coach John Altobelli and his wife Keri Altobelli and daughter Alyssa Altobelli, basketball coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan. They were on their way to a youth basketball game in Thousand Oaks when their plane crashed in Calabasas.

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