Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Pronounced Dead in Helicopter Crash; Including Seven Others

Sunday morning was a sad day in sports history, with news of the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, including 7 others that were aboard the helicopter making headlines. Kobe and his daughter were on their way to a Mamba Academy game before things took a drastic turn when their helicopter began to malfunction, eventually crashing into a hillside in Calabasas, CA.

Among those 9 dead in the crash the 7 others were teammates of Kobe’s daughters, their parents, and the pilot of the helicopter. Mothers, children and fathers were all victims of the violent crash. The helicopter was built in 1991 and was flying in extremely low visibility with mounting fog. The relative humidity at the time of the crash was 100% meaning the fog was as thick as soup.

Born in Philadelphia, PA Kobe began playing basketball when he was 3 . He was drafted straight out of Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia in 1996, which made him the youngest player in NBA history at that time only being 18. Kobe played all of his professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers, during which he would win 5 NBA Championships as their starting SG. Kobe also won 2 Olympic Gold Medals for Men’s Basketball, eventually retiring in April of 2016 and scoring 60 points in his final game. When people think of Kobe they think of a hard worker, someone who is willing to dedicate and sacrifice every living second of their time into making themselves better at their craft. He would spend countless hours working, whether it be in the gym, weight lifting, watching film, or even simply bettering his shot. They don’t make athletes like Kobe anymore, a pure breed beast devoted to the game they loved, and never satisfied with their greatness.