The Sudden Death Of NBA All-Star Legend & His Daughter A Fatal Helicopter Crash
The entire world has been mourning the death of 41 year old Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna Bryant. Kobe Bryant was known as one of the best NBA players in history, and his daughter Gianna was supposed to be the one out of four daughters to carry out his legacy. Kobe was a Los Angeles Lakers icon and also a five-time NBA champion.
Kobe entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996, and was the youngest player to ever join at 18 years old. Over his years on the court, himself and the LA Lakers fans started calling him the “black mamba”. Bryant chose that name for himself because he believed it was his alter ego on the court. He thought he could be like the assassin in the movie “Kill Bill” where the assassin uses a black mamba snake to kill another character. He even created his own mamba league in 2017 after he retired so that he could give back to the LA community. The mamba league was created in collaboration with Nike and Boys & Girls Club. It became an eight week basketball program designed for kids between the ages of eight and ten.
Bryant married Vanessa Laine in 2001 and since then has had four beautiful baby girls with her, Gianna being one of them. Gianna was often seen at professional basketball games with her father and was showing very early signs of commitment to the sport just like her dad. She played on the lady mamba team coached by her father and she was always being praised by him. Kobe even gifted her the nickname of “mambacity” and considered trademarking it while he filled out her paperwork. Kobe had no doubt in his mind that Gianna would be the one to carry out his legacy and that he did not need a son for that to happen.
On January 26th, 2020, The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call just before 9:45 a.m. about a potential helicopter down and a brush fire in Calabasas. It was Kobe’s private helicopter that he used for transportation. Kobe and the eight other passengers were on their way to Mamba Sports Academy for a basketball event. The helicopter had been given special permission to fly despite foggy conditions. Due to the inclement weather, the chopper was flying quite low. At one point, an air traffic controller informed the pilot, “You’re still too low for flight following at this time,” meaning the chopper wasn’t flying high enough to register on radar. The helicopter circled Glendale for 14 minutes after takeoff. The pilot proceeded to climb into the clouds before taking a sharp turn and ultimately hitting the ground. All nine bodies were discovered but there were no survivors. Investigators have not yet established the cause of the crash. They will examine the pilot’s history, the condition of the aircraft and the weather conditions among various other things during the investigation.
This tragedy is one that we will all remember for the rest of our lives. Everyone who had any connection to basketball in any way looked up to Kobe and his amazing accomplishments. The best thing we can take away from this accident is that you never know how long you have so cherish every moment you can and be grateful that we get to continue experiencing this crazy thing we call life. Kobe Bryant and his daughter were legends that will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to all nine victims and their families and may they have peace in this time of recovery.