"We hit the water with a dramatic splash, and when I opened my eyes, my mother's head was on the other side of the windshield. A surreal sight, a motherless head. Poor Gabi. Or was it Abby?"
Beth Kane to Kate Kane on Gabi's death[src]

Gabrielle Lorna "Gabi" Kane[1] (née Goldstein;[2] 1965[1]-January 26, 2003[3][4]) was the wife of Jacob Kane, and the mother of Kate and Beth Kane.


Early life

Gabrielle married Jacob Kane. On January 26, 1990, the couple had twin daughters, Kate and Beth, short for Katherine and Elizabeth, respectively.[4]


On January 26, 2003, Gabi drove Kate and Beth home from their bat mitzvah. Suddenly, a school bus hijacked by the Joker rear-ended their car, causing them to veer off of a bridge. Batman intervened and affixed the car to the bridge with his grappling hooks, allowing Kate to climb to safety. Before Gabi and Beth could get out though, the car's old engineering caused it to break off from the wires and crash into the river, with them in it.[3] Gabi was instantly killed by the impact with the water, having her head severed from her body.[5]


Gabi's death, along with the supposed death of Beth, would haunt Bruce Wayne for years, causing him to spend hours trying to figure out what went wrong that day.

Gabi's death deeply affected Jacob and Kate, as they continued to mourn for her for 15 years.[3] However, one year and four months after the accident, Jacob moved on from Gabi's death and married Catherine Hamilton.[2]

Gabi death also severely traumatized Beth, who witnessed her death up close, even catching a glimpse of her mother's severed head in the accident. This tragedy, combined with her imprisonment by August Cartwright, drove Beth to become the psychotic criminal Alice.[5]



Season 1

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Gabi Kane was an Army Intelligence officer, and the mother of Kate and Beth Kane. She was killed in a terrorist attack, rather than a car crash.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Who Are You?"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "An Un-Birthday Present"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Pilot"
  4. 4.0 4.1 In "An Un-Birthday Present", parallel Earth Beth's driver's license shows her date of birth, January 26, 1990. She and Earth-Prime Kate later celebrated their birthdays, which means that Earth-Prime Beth is also born on the same day. Gabi died on the day of their bat mitzvah, their 13th birthday, which was also on January 26.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Rabbit Hole"

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