A new tragedy has engulfed the world of sport. Los Angeles Lakers superstar and legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria has died today in a helicopter crash. Bryant was traveling with eight other people who also lost their lives in this tragic accident. It has been confirmed by authorities that the wife of the former player, Vannessa Bryant, was not on board the aircraft.
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed the death of five people during the accident in the city of Calabasas in Los Angeles, California. None of the crew members of the helicopter survived, in this tragic accident that took prematurely one of the best basketball players of all time.
The incident took place during the morning of Sunday, January 26th. The police forces have asked the public to avoid approaching or passing through the area where the fatal accident occurred.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was notified at 10:01 a.m. – California local time – of the fall of a helicopter. Upon verification, the news spread like wildfire on social networks.
Firefighters put out the intense fire, but without the possibility of rescuing any survivors. The news portal TMZ has confirmed that an investigation of what happened is underway, and they also point out that it was common for Kobe Bryant to move from one place to another in his own helicopter. There is speculation that one of the possible causes of the deadly accident was the thick fog at the crash scene.
Kobe Bryant: Goodbye to a legend
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia. His career in the NBA began in 1996 when he was chosen in that year’s draft by the Charlotte Hornets. From there he was transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers where he finished his career with five championships to his name, thus becoming one of the unforgettable glories of the United States basketball.
Twenty seasons he played the legendary shooting guard in the Californian franchise. In addition to those five NBA titles, he also won two MVP awards from the finals of the best league in the world and another MVP award from the general championship in 2008. In 2016, he decided to hang up his boots and the Lakers retired their numbers: 8 and 24. It was precisely in this year 2020 when Kobe Bryant was going to enter the NBA Hall of Fame and, although this inscription could not be carried out with his presence, it is certain that his entry into the Hall of Fame – more than well assured – will be done posthumously.
Rest in Peace Kobe and Gianna and strength for their loved ones.