Updated: Jan 28, 2020
By Emily Evans
Kobe Bryant (41) and his 13 year old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash right outside Los Angeles. News reports claim,”Shortly after 9:40 a.m., the helicopter turned again, toward the southeast, and climbed to more than 2,000 feet above sea level. It then descended and crashed into a hillside at about 1,400 feet, according to data from Flightradar24. When it struck the ground, the helicopter was flying at about 160 knots (184 mph) and descending at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute (45 mph), the Flightradar24 data showed.” (London). Kobe was the face of the 16-time NBA champion team, the Lakers. Kobe set the record as the third-leading scorer in NBA history then retired in 2016. His daughter was persistent about continuing her basketball career to carry Kobe’s legacy, she had dreams of playing for the UConn Huskies and the WNBA and was on a steady path to get there. Along with Bryant and his daughter, John Altobelli, 56, longtime head coach of Southern California's Orange Coast College baseball team; his wife, Keri; and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant's daughter also passed on due to the crash. This crash was heartbreaking to pop culture and the general United States public. It seems as Kobe emotionally touched most of the population from the outpouring of love and support toward his wife and family. As well as how deeply affected most are by his passing. Sincere well-wishes to all the families affected by this tragic event.