Natalia Bryant Honors Baseball Coach John Altobelli Who Died in Helicopter Crash With Kobe and Gianna
By Liz Calvario
Natalia Bryant is remembering the late family friend and baseball coach John Altobelli on his birthday.
The late Kobe Bryant's eldest daughter took to Instagram Story on Saturday to honor John on what would have been his 57th birthday. John tragically died alongside his wife, Keri, their daughter, Alyssa, Kobe and the NBA star's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash.
"Happy Birthday Mr. Alto," Natalia wrote alongside a photo of John wearing a baseball uniform. John was the head coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team and led the Pirate to a number state championship titles. John and Keri were also parents to daughter Alexis Altobelli and son J.J. Altobelli.
Natalia's photo came from the OCC team's Instagram account, where they wished him a happy birthday. The post filled with people sharing messages and prayers to his family. On Facebook, the late coach's brother, Tony, also encouraged people to "Cheers Alto" as a way to celebrate his birthday.
Meanwhile, it's been a month filled with bittersweet celebrations for Natalia and her family. Vanessa Bryant had her birthday on May 5, with the 17-year-old sharing a sweet post dedicated to her mother.
"Happy Birthday Momma! I love you SO much!❤️," she captioned a pic.