Kobe Bryant Death Anniversary: Fans Still Mourn Icon, Daughter

A pedestrian adjusts her facemask walking past a mural of the late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by artist @Sloe_Motions in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2021, a day before the one-year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash which led to the death of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter.

 

On this day in 2020 the world lost an icon.

It’s been a year since Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Southern California.

They were on their way to a basketball tournament on a Sunday morning. Bryant, Gigi — that’s what most called his daughter — and everyone else aboard the helicopter were killed instantly in the crash, officials said.

In this file photo taken on April 09, 2014 NBA Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant stands on the sideline with his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant on his shoulders prior to the start of the game against the United States and China during an international friendly match at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  Kent Horner / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Bryant, who won five championships in his 20 NBA seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a Grammy winner. He was a best-selling author of children’s books. He will soon be officially enshrined as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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