Today, the 26th of January, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in the Southern California city of Calabasas. Making the tragedy even worse, Kobe’s second eldest daughter, Gianna was among the nine peopled killed in the crash.
Over the years, Kobe has touched many lives through his inspiring play, leadership, service to the community, and his larger than life presence. And that was just to the general public. Kobe was also a friend, son, brother, husband and a father.
So today, and until the day that we join him, we mourn the death of Kobe Bryant.
For details on his death and how the city of Los Angeles is mourning, read this Los Angeles Times article.
Bryant’s sponsor, Nike released this statement:
Along with millions of athletes and fans throughout the world, we are devastated by today’s tragic news. We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe and Gianna, especially their family and friends.
As we are learning more details of the accident and the others who have tragically lost their lives, our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone involved and impacted.
Kobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sport and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever.
Michael Jordan released this statement:
“I didn’t understand why they were yelling, ‘Do it for Mamba’ on the back nine, [but] people yell things all the time, so I was just plodding along, doing my own thing,” Woods said. “Then when Joey told me … it’s unbelievable, the reality that he’s no longer here. One of the most shocking, tragic days that I’ve ever been a part of in a very quick span here.
“Life is very fragile as we all know. You can be gone at any given time and we have to appreciate the moments that we have.”
Madison Square Garden tribute to Kobe Bryant. https://nypost.com/2020/01/26/heavy-sadness-fills-kobe-bryants-second-home/