World was in a state of mourning after basketball legend and former NBA star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter in Calabasas of South California on Sunday. The 41-year-old was travelling in his private choper over Calabasas when fire break out and brought down the heli.
Bryan’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore was also killed in the crash. In total, nine people died in the crash including the pilot, confirmed Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, during a news conference.
It was not clear if the chopper was overloaded with extra passengers. It is learned that Bryan was Mamba Sports Academy bound to coach his daughter as the academy was hosting a tournament for upcoming and young talent on Sunday.
Other people’s killed in the crash were John Altobelli, a longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa. Calif., as well as Altobelli’s wife, Keri, and daughter Alyssa, university officials said.
Bryant has spent 20 overs of his life, playing for NBA giants Los Angeles Lakers and won 5 championships and two Olympic gold medals for United States of America. He retired from the sports in 2016.
The world has lost an icon.
Kobe was one of the greatest of all times.
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of Kobe , his daughter and others. Still can’t believe it. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/xn7YOfXhXC
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 27, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant Family and others involved in the tragedy. Kobe was an icon and an inspiration for many athletes. His unfortunate passing is a loss to world sports. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/4nbSBbhW46
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 27, 2020
— SuporterFC (@SuporterFC) January 27, 2020
Shocked & anguished to learn that my fave Kobe Bryant & his daughter no more 🙏
5x NBA champion
2x NBA finals MVP
4x All star MVP
2x NBA scoring champion
NBA slam dunk champion
No. 8, 24 retired by the Lakers
— KTR (@KTRTRS) January 27, 2020
Speechless,the world has lost a Legendary Athlete,R.I.P The #BlackMamba of Basketball, Kobe Bryant & his daughter,Gianna.
What u have done for so many kids including my niece whom u inspired to play basketball every day of her childhood,may u both comfort each other in heaven🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/qwQ8CffQ5F
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 27, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant Family and others involved in this tragedy. Kobe was an icon and someone I looked to for inspiration as an athlete. Thank you 🙏🏼 #BlackMamba pic.twitter.com/Lz8kyE47ds
— Nathan Thompson (@NateThompson44) January 26, 2020
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020