Retired NBA star Byrant Kobe dies in a helicopter crash alongside his 13 year old daughter Gianna in suburban Los Angeles. Byrant, the five time champion with Los Angeles Lakers and two time olympic gold medalist was on his way to an academy in LA where he coached her daughters team in basketball.
The academy was hosting the Mamba Cup Tournament Series, a series of tournaments for boys and girls basketball team from the 3rd to 8th grades. All the games were canceles after the news of Bryants death became public.
Among the other victims of the crash were John altobelli, a longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa. Sherrif alex Villanueva of LA said the helicopter went down in an area with very rough terrain and it would take a few datys to recover the bodies since the officials found it dangerous to reach during the daylight on sunday.
Outside the Mamba Sports Academy in California, hundreds of fans lit candles and laid flowers as an impromptu memorial for the fallen hero. A dozen of people of all ages stood huddled in silence with bouquet of flowers, jerseys and lit candles, carrying Spotrs Illustrated magazines with Kobe on the cover, and a Lakers flag.
Byrant Kobe was considered one of the best players in NBA history. He was named an all star in 18 out of 20 seasons and helped the Lakers team to win 5 championships. He was the winner of NBAs Most Valuable Player in the 2007 to 2008 season, and the NBAs finals M.V.P. in both 2009 and 2010. He aslo strived in the international stage, where he won gold medals for USA Basketball in the 2008 and 2012 olympics.
Three American presidents spoke about his death, displaying a remakable amount of grief. President Trump said Byrant was “just getting started in life. He loved his family so much and has such a strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter Gianna makes this moment even more devastating.”
Former president Barrack Obama expressed his grief on twitter that Bryant was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act, and former presidenyt Bill Clinton spoke of how Bryant brought excitement and joy to basketball fans, not just in LA but all over the US and around the world.