Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant filed a trademark application for his teenage daughter’s nickname, "Mambacita," just weeks before the pair died in a tragic helicopter crash in California, records show.
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Representatives from Bryant's Kobe, Inc. submitted the trademark paperwork on Dec. 30, 2019, for goods and services. Bryant, who went by the self-proclaimed nickname "The Black Mamba," had affectionately dubbed 13-year-old Gianna "Mambacita" and apparently hoped to emblazon the word on clothes including athletic-ware and hats, according to United States Patent and Trademark Office records.
The request is active but is still pending, according to People.
Kobe, 41, and Gianna Bryant were two of nine people aboard his Sikorsky S-76B around 10 a.m. Sunday when it crashed into a mountain in Calabasas, California.
The luxury chopper was heading to Camarillo Airport in Ventura County from John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
The passengers were heading to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy, a youth sports center in Thousand Oaks, California, where the retired NBA star was to coach a basketball tournament there and his daughter was supposed to play.
Bryant had three other daughters with his wife, Vanessa.
The other victims identified in the crash were pilot Ara Zobayan; John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California's Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant's daughter; Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton; and Christina Mauser, a girls' basketball coach at a Southern California elementary school.
The cause of the crash is still under federal investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.