Since last Sunday night the 26th of January 2020, the world has been in shock after the news circulated that Kobe Bryant an NBA star aged 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Bryant had died when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter along with other victims, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his daughter Alyssa and wife Keri were killed in the crash. The cause of the crush and the other victims are yet to be identified as investigations are being conducted.
He was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant, he started playing basketball when he was 3 and went on to become one of the NBA’s greatest champions. He was drafted straight out of Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia in 1996. He was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days.
Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships. He has two Olympic gold medals for men’s basketball.
He had retired in April 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game. He said his “body knew it was time to say goodbye.” in an interview.
NBA stars and coaches and those that encountered with him speak of him to have been more than just an athlete, “Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete” his former coach Kareem Abdul Jabber said in an interview.
The deceased father who has left behind his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant, and 2 children often attended US women’s soccer team and WNBA games with his daughters, and was all about the empowerment of young women,”
His close counterparts said that Kobe had a prolonged love for planes which he used most of the time “Given his broken finger, his fragile knees, his sore back and achy feet, not to mention his chronic agita, Bryant can’t sit in a car for two hours.”
The entire world and the basketball fraternity worldwide mourns for it has lost an inspiration and role model.
A mural put up of Kobe Bryant and his Daughter along Pickford street in Los Angeles by an artist who was a big fan of Kobe Bryant.