According to news from the British and American media together, Kobe Bryant is one of nine victims killed in a private helicopter crash in California. More significantly, among them is the 13-year-old daughter of the famous American basketball player.
The news of Bryant’s death after the tragic accident immediately shocked the sports world, because the 41-year-old former athlete has a very close relationship with many athletes in all fields ranging from football to F1.
Los Angeles police chief Alex Villanueva said eight passengers and the pilot of the plane had died in the accident. “There are no survivors. There are 9 people on board, the pilot with 8 others, ”Villanueva said. An initial report on January 26 said five people boarded a helicopter when it crashed in foggy weather on the outskirts of Los Angeles’ Calabasas. Authorities said firefighters received a call just before 9:37 am about the accident, causing a fire on a hillside.
Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby said firefighters had to walk to the location of the helicopter crash to put out the fire. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed that Gianna, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, was among the victims.
Gianna is one of Bryant’s four children with his wife Vanessa. The 41-year-old retired NBA star, with his daughter Gianna, is flying to a match his daughter is expected to play before their helicopter will crash, according to the American press. Local media reported that the other victims included another athlete and a parent.
While playing professionally (1996-2016), Bryant only played for the Los Angeles Lakers and was known as one of the most typical faces of the NBA (the famous American professional basketball tournament). He also twice won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
Because of Bryant’s contribution, the Los Angeles Lakers also hung the numbers 8 and 24 permanently to pay tribute to the former athlete when he retired in 2016.
After his retirement, Bryant spent time on travel and charitable activities, as well as going to various sports around the world. Bryant is also a frequent visitor at the World Cup or Euro.
Therefore, this former basketball player also knows almost every famous athlete. So when news of Bryant’s death shocked everyone. From England, players Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or F1 driver Lewis Hamilton were shocked and sent their condolences on social networking accounts.