Olivia Munn revealed she and Kobe Bryant were working on a project to help kids cope with death prior to the former NBA player’s fatal helicopter crash on January 26. The actress expressed her grief on social media and spoke about the work her “wonderful friend” was doing with Granity Studios.
“Kobe. You were such a wonderful friend,” Olivia wrote alongside photos of Kobe and his daughter Gianna, who also died in the helicopter crash. “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.”
The Newsroom star revealed, “We were supposed to get together this week to brainstorm more parts of the epic world you were creating at Granity Studios.”
The production company was founded by the former NBA player. “Granity Studios is an award-winning multimedia original content company focused on creating new ways to tell stories around sports. Stories that are crafted to entertain, by bringing education and inspiration together,” the website described the organization.
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Olivia praised Kobe and added, “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.”
The actress revealed her last meeting with Kobe was about a project to help children grieve loss. “The last time we talked, I told you my idea about what the night sky would be made of. I was inspired by friends of mine who lost their 4-year-old daughter to cancer. When explaining to their younger daughter what happened, instead of saying that her sister had died, they would tell her that ‘Billie turned into a star.’ To this day, if you ask her where her sister is, she'll say ‘Billie étoile,’ Olivia said.
“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,” Olivia ended her message. “Sending all of my love to Vanessa and your daughters. Rest in love, my friend. I'll look for you in the sky.”
Kobe died at age 41 on January 26 alongside his daughter Gianna who was only 13. At least 7 other people died on the aircraft. The former NBA star is survived by his wife Vanessa, 37, and their three daughters Capri, Natalia, and Bianka.