Basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020.
They were on their way to Gianna’s basketball game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, when the chopper crashed into a hillside owing to fog, killing everyone on board.
The pilot, Ara Zobayan, was killed in the crash, as were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa;
Christina Mauser, who assisted Bryant in coaching his daughter’s basketball team; and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. Gianna’s teammates were Alyssa and Payton.
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During his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant won five NBA championships and established himself as one of the best basketball players in history.
Bryant was picked for 18 NBA All-Star Games and won four All-Star MVP honors, among other things. In 2008, he was also named the league’s overall MVP.
Basketball enthusiasts and athletes from all across the country and the world were startled by the accident. Numerous memorials were arranged to memorialize Bryant, his daughter, and the other victims of the disaster.