Kobe Bryant, Daughter Die in Helicopter Crash
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
American basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Gianna Gigi Bryant have died on Sunday in a helicopter crash.
The 41 year old died on Sunday night (morning in the US) following the crash which occurred in Calabasas, Carlifonia.
According to Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva, nine persons (the pilot and eight others) were aboard the helicopter that crashed.
TMZ reports that Kobe and his daughter were part of a group traveling to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.
Former US President, Barack Obama noted that as a parent, it was "heartbreaking" to lose a child.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
NBA Legend, Shaquille O'Neal said he was "sick" and lacked "the words" to express his thoughts following the news of Bryant's death.
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Kobe won 5 NBA titles for the only club he played for, the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was initially picked up by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 straight from high school before he was traded with the Lakers.
Nooooooooooo God please No!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020
On Saturday, the 41 year old put out what has now become his last tweet before passing on celebrating Lebron James who went passed him into number 3 in the all-time highest NBA scoring list.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
On Saturday, James recalled meeting Bryant in Philadelphia during the 2002 NBA All-Star Weekend.
"It's just too much. It's too much. The story is too much," James said of Bryant.
"It doesn't make sense. Just to make a long story short, now I'm here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he's from. The first time I ever met him, gave me his shoes on All-Star Weekend. It's surreal. It doesn't make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life. And I guess when you live in the right way, when you just give it everything to whatever you're doing, things happen organically.
"And it's not supposed to make sense, but it just happens. And I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."
Even King Lebron would not have imagined that 24 hours later, the man he looked up is no more.
As of now, the identities of the other seven persons in the helicopter are not known.
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