Millions are mourning after the tragic and sudden death of Basketball legend, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old-daughter, Gianna Bryant. No one wanted to believe that the idol to so many in our world, and his beloved daughter were no longer with us, but sadly we had to face the truth when it was confirmed that Kobe and Gianna Bryant were involved in a horrific accident along with many others aboard a helicopter. Little details are known about exactly what caused the accident.
The news hit midday on January 26th, everyone’s timeline was flooded with the news of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The news was a shock to millions knowing that the basketball legend was no longer with us and was made even worse that his daughter was involved in the accident. Mere hours after the accident, thousands of Laker fans were outside of the Staples Center honoring the memory of Kobe Bryant. People all over Los Angeles were coming together in this tough time for the city of Angels. Bryant was only 41-years-old at the time of his death.
A day before the incident, Kobe and Gianna were photographed at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousands Oaks with Gianna playing with her team and Kobe watching from the stands. Gianna shared her father’s love for basketball even at the age of 13 and hoped to play at the professional level one day. Kobe was a supportive father to all his children, it’s simply a tragedy that Bianka, Natalia, and 6-month old Capri lost their father and sister in an unforeseen accident.
The two were headed to the Mamba Sports Academy when that accident took place. Also on board was Gianna’s teammates, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, along with Alyssa’s parents, John Altobelli and Keri Altobelli, and Payton’s mom, Sarah Chester. Also on board was basketball coach, Cristina Mauser. Sadly, no one survived the accident.
Only 24 hours after, millions have shared their thoughts and memories on the passing of Kobe and Gianna. From prestigious award shows like the Grammys giving time to honor the memory of the basketball superstar to iconic venues of the Los Angeles Lakers like the Staples Center paying their respects on the day of the passing. All the way down to the Inaugural weekend of the newly franchised Call of Duty League where professional players Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns were going to participate in a show match but was canceled out of respect for the players.
Who knows how this will affect the world of sports and our society for that matter. It’s already had an astronomical impact in just 24 hours and the passing will only continue to make waves in the world for the foreseeable future. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant family in their time of mourning