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Vanessa Bryant Says Kobe’s Death Cost Their Family ''Hundreds of Millions'' of Dollars

Vanessa Bryant says that Kobe Bryant's death cost their family "hundreds of millions of dollars." 

Vanessa submitted a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters in February—less than a month after Kobe and her daughter Gianna Bryant's were killed in the helicopter crash.Vanessa's attorney's filed a 72-paged wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court arguing Island Express, agents and employees, includingAra George Zobayan, the pilot of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopterwho also died in the crash, had a "duty to use that degree of care that an ordinarily careful and prudent pilot would use under the same or similar circumstances." 

Now, court documents show that as a result of Kobe and Gianna's deaths,Vanessa "seeks economic damages, non-economic damages, prejudgment interest, punitive damages, and other relief as the Court deems just and proper." 

The court papers also read, "Although the total specific amount of personal injury damages that Plaintiff seeks is TBD, Kobe Bryant's future lost earnings equals hundreds of millions of dollars." 

In the wrongful death lawsuit that was filed earlier this year, the pilot is accused of failing to properly monitor and asses the weather prior to takeoff, failing to obtain proper weather data prior to the subject flight, failing to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions, failing to properly maintain control of the helicopter in flight, failing to properly avoid natural obstacles in the flight path, failing to keep a safe distance between the helicopter and natural obstacles and ultimately, failing to properly and safely operate the helicopter, which resulted in the fatal crash. 

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