Update-Kobe died alongside 13-year-old daughter in the helicopter crash
Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria, aka GiGi, 13, was confirmed to be amongst the five victims of the crash which happened earlier sunday in Calabasas, an upscale neighborhood near Los Angeles.
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were reportedly on their way to a basketball tournament for youngsters
It is believed they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.His wife Vanessa is not believed to have been involved in the accident.
The pair share three other daughters, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri. Judging by the flight path taken, the chopper carrying Bryant circled at least 10 times over a period of 15 minutes before crashing.
Bryant was known to use a helicopter from his home to games in Los Angeles to avoid the city’s notoriously bad traffic.
The L.A. County sheriff’s department says the investigation is ongoing with federal officials helping, but have so far given no information on what caused the crash, including whether foggy conditions Sunday morning played a part.
U.S. President Donald Trump, Former President Barack Obama, along with basketball legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O’Neill all expressed sympathies on Twitter.
Sobs were heard as moments of silence were held at NBA games across the country Sunday, but the league decided not to cancel any contests.
Bryant has gone down in history as one of the greatest professional basketball players ever to step onto the court. He spent nearly his entire pro career with the Los Angeles Lakers — wining five NBA championships and the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2008. He is the fourth all-time leading scorer.
Some of Bryant’s accomplishments throughout his 20-year NBA career include becoming the NBA’s youngest all-star in 1998, when he was only 19 years old; an 81-point game in 2006 – the second-highest of all time; and Olympic Gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
His 2017 poem in which he bade farewell to the Lakers, “Dear Basketball,” was turned into an animated cartoon. Bryant surprised the audience when he stepped onto the stage to accept the 2018 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
May their gentle souls rest in peace and may God comfort the wife/ mother, daughters and the entire Americans and fans around the world.
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