One of the greatest basketball stars of all time failed to go on to conquer the heights. On the morning of January 26 (US time), a helicopter crashed in the Calabasas area. On the plane carrying 9 people and all 9 did not survive.

Two of the victims were basketball legend Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Both were confirmed to have passed away from the very first announcement. Initially, the rescue team confirmed only 4 people were killed instead of 9 as reported later.

At this point, the identities of the remaining 7 people have not been announced. Bryant’s wife Vanessa has been confirmed not to board the plane with her husband and daughter. This is a news that refutes previous rumors when many people assumed that she took a fateful flight on January 26 morning.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 29, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Witnesses at the scene said the plane’s engine exploded in the air before crashing directly to the ground. This is the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that the 41-year-old legend often uses to travel.

The departure of Kobe Bryant is too painful not only for his family but also for all basketball lovers around the world. He is one of the legends of the contemporary world with 20 full career careers for the Los Angeles Lakers team. In LA, he won 18 NBA and All Stars titles before retiring in 2016.

LA Lakers hung his number 8 and 24 shirt forever in memory of the extraordinary contributions Bryant made to the team and the American basketball scene.

The name Kobe is named after Kobe beef, one of the famous Japanese beef that his family accidentally saw at the restaurant. He is the only son of Joe Bryant, also a professional basketball player in the US. This is the reason why Kobe inherited and nurtured a passion for basketball from an early age. He officially came to this sport from the age of 3. After following his father to compete in Europe, at the age of 14, Kobe returned to the US when his father officially retired. This is the start of this star’s illustrious career.

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a plane crash
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