By Glam & Essence
It is with disbelief that many received the news that Basketball star,Kobe Bryant has died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning Kobe was traveling with 4 other people, including his 13 year old daugther,Gianna,her teammate and a parent,including the pilot in his private helicopter when it went down,but nobody on board survived.
Eyewitnesses said that they heard the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down,with flames and smoke covering much of the scene from the wreck. The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years,as far back as when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa. The couple have four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri,who was just born in June 2019.
A memorial to Kobe has already sprung up outside of Staples Center, where Kobe played for years.
Kobe has recently been spotted out at NBA games with his daughter Gianna — a rising star basketball player herself.
Celebrities from all over the world and all parts of entertainment are paying tribute to Kobe on social media.Dome of them include, Tom Brady, President Trump, Dwyane Wade and many more.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA players of all time — making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers,Kobe was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in ’08.
The 41- yewr- old was on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and led the league in scoring for two seasons. He ranks fourth in the NBA for all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring. He also repped USA in a number of Olympics appearances.
The Lakers famously retired both of Kobe’s jerseys, number 8 and 24 … the only player in team history to receive that honor.
Kobe’s accomplishments stand far outside of the basketball world. He won an Oscar for his short film, “Dear Basketball,” in 2018.
On Saturday, LeBron James passed Kobe as third on the all-time NBA scoring list. He paid tribute to Bron on Instagram — his last post — by saying, “On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next.
At age 34, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark. Speaking of putting up points, he was well known for his 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. It was one of the greatest performances in modern NBA history.
Another major highlight from his long career was his final game in 2016 against the Utah Jazz, when he dropped 60 points and went out with a bang to help his team win. It was especially moving considering his injury-plagued years, which started in 2013 when he tore his Achilles tendon.
By Glam and Essence