Kobe Bryant: August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday, officials said. Bryant, who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history.
In his retirement, the 41-year-old Bryant ran his production company and coached his daughter’s middle school team. The other seven victims were identified on Sunday. John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College, was killed along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa. Christina Mauser, a girl’s basketball coach, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, and Pilot Ara Zobayan also died in the crash.
Recovery and official identification of the bodies could take days due to the terrain and the condition of the crash site, said Dr. Jonathan Lucas, Los Angeles County’s chief medical examiner. Audio was posted to ATC.com from air traffic control indicated that conditions were deteriorating ahead of the crash.
Everyone will remember what they were doing when they found out that Kobe Bryant passed.
Just like the videos above, we’re all speechless. No words can describe the impact Kobe had on so many lives. Kobe Bryant’s legacy will for ever live on as one of the best to ever play the game, on and off the court. RIP Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and all who were involved. FLO 107.1 sends all our love and condolences to the Bryant family and the families involved.