Everything We Know About Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash Death So Far

On the morning of Sunday, January 26, 2020,
a helicopter carrying NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Orange Coast
College baseball coach John Altobelli, and — according to officials speaking hours
after the incident — six other people crashed in Calabasas, California, killing everyone
on board. Bryant was 41 years old. According to TMZ, the helicopter that crashed
was a private aircraft owned by Bryant. Though the cause of the crash is unknown at
the time of the making of this video, it is currently under investigation. The TMZ report also relays the observations
of eyewitnesses to the crash, saying “that they heard the helicopter’s engine sputtering
before it went down.” While the identity of the pilot or of the
other occupants of the helicopter besides Kobe, Gianna, and Altobelli have not been
revealed yet, Vanessa Bryant — Kobe Bryant’s wife of nearly two decades — was not on
board when it crashed. An ABC news break shortly after the crash
allegedly claimed that Bryant and all four of his children were on board the helicopter
when it crashed. However, TMZ’s report cited Bryant’s reps
that apparently only Gianna was on board. Footage of the wreckage of the the tragic
accident, which filled television, computer, and smartphone screens for hours after Bryant’s
death, reveal that the helicopter had crashed into the Santa Monica Mountains, which run
along the Pacific Ocean on California’s southern border. According to the TMZ report, Bryant had routinely
used his private helicopter as a means of transportation for many years. In 2010, a GQ profile of Bryant described
his practice of taking a private chopper to all of his home games with the Los Angeles
Lakers, a method of travel he continued to employ up through his retirement from the
team and the NBA in 2016. Throughout the majority of his career with
the Lakers, he lived in a house located in Newport Coast, in Newport Beach, California,
and traveled via the helicopter to the Lakers’ home at the STAPLES Center in LA, a distance
of about 48 miles. The TMZ report was updated a few hours after
its initial posting to assert that the helicopter was on its way to the Mamba Academy — Kobe
Bryant’s sports training facility — for basketball practice. With his wife Vanessa, Kobe Bryant was father
to four daughters: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca, and Capri, who was only born on June 20, 2019
— just over seven months before Bryant’s untimely death. Born in Philadelphia, PA, to former professional
basketball player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, Kobe Bean Bryant enjoyed an illustrious 20
year career in the NBA as a shooting guard, having been drafted right out of high school
to play for the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the LA Lakers in 1996. Over the course of his two decades as a professional
basketball player, he earned five NBA championships between the years of 2000 and 2010, and was
named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2009. For two consecutive years after that, in 2009
and 2010, he was named the NBA Finals’ MVP. Bryant also earned two Olympic Gold Medals
as a member of the United States Men’s Basketball Teams in the Beijing and London Summer Olympics
in 2008 and 2012, respectively. In 2017, the Lakers held a ceremony to retire
both of Bryant’s jerseys, number 8 and 24. But Bryant’s achievements weren’t limited
to the court — he was awarded an Oscar in 2018 for his animated short film “Dear Basketball,”
which was based on a poem he wrote in 2015 after announcing his retirement from the NBA. While the Los Angeles Lakers have had their
fair share of legendary players, few are as beloved or well-known as Kobe Bryant. Though he may have started his life on the
other side of the country, Bryant spent nearly half his life as a Laker. In the wake of his tragic death, Los Angeles
has lost a true legend.

  1. all police department copters were grounded because of poor visibility and not theirs? what gives?Is this report correct or false?

  2. I was outside looking at the sky yesterday thinking what an ugly day it's gonna be,,,, and just miles away this devastation was happening,,,my heart is so damn heavy just thinking about loved ones having to deal and process this

  3. Every wise person knows Kobe and his daughter was blood sacrifice 😒😏😕this has to 🛑 stop, too many dark skin people are being blood sacrifice, for what and for whom🤔😳🙄😏😒😕☠️💀THEIR ILL KARMA ABSOLUTE NO MERCY.

  4. Innocent people die everyday, you think his life was anymore important than some poor man in India or Africa ? I bet you do. I bet you so do…

  5. Guys my teacher said you have to spend time with your family cuz you don't know what day is your last day i sry my guy

  6. I'm angry. Life like why? Was this a setup? This guy was great I highly doubt life had it out for him and others in the helicopter. I hope we findout what really happened.

  7. i always been a fan bro i miss him sooooooooooooo much and his daughter gianna and the other on it bro i feel so, bad😭😭

  8. Tragic loss. He’s not gone. He lives on in the thoughts and memories of his family, friends, and those that had the privilege to watch him on the court. Heart goes out to the family of Kobe and the fans, hurting tonight. ❤️

  9. That’s why you don’t allow planes and helicopters to take of if the weather is bad or there is fog in the area . These accidents shouldn’t happen I blame this to the company who allowed for the helicopter to take of in the first place Rip Cobby a true legend

  10. So he had a just born daughter and imagen like the baby growning up and finding out that her dad died and her sister too when she was only 7 months 🙁

  11. This is all my fault. I prayed to God everyday that I’d get an in-game item out of luck. Not knowing I’d have karma for it. I’m so sorry guys. I did get my in-game item, but I didn’t want to exchange it for such pure man. This may be all my fault. You don’t have to forgive me. I’ll take all of the hate. This was fate. This was what path was chosen for me. I made millions cry, even the coaches and the rest of the Lakers. My friends would always joke around about Kobe. I didn’t know he would be gone this soon, it’s already the worst year, even in the first month. Please say he survived. Please. I know there’s no going back from death, just since because he’s in a new place, but this is heartbreaking for everyone. Rest easy.

  12. You would have thought that a truly professional pilot, would have said no,, if the weather were that bad, all patrol copters were grounded because of fog,,, what was this pilot thinking????

  13. From the u.k.I remember back in high school i would stay up to 2-3am due to time difference to watch Kobe play. And although i could not open my eye's the next day it was worth it. Best i ever seen ball. Rip mvp!

  14. I’m very sorry for their loss. I’m sad that Gianna didn’t even get to get married or have kids or grow up . Even all of his kids couldn’t do it too I’m sending all of my prayers to his family. But at least he and Gianna are in heaven.😢😥😇😓😪😥🤑

  15. What kills me is that the media treats Gianna, as being the only daughter he gave a crap about. He had 3 other daughters. One a new-born.

  16. Everytime a legend die I never wanna think that it is real I wanna have that feeling that it would all be a dream…Gigi wanted to be like her dad🥺🕊FOR KOBE AND GIGI❤❤😇🕊 Fly High..❤

  17. I don't want to believe it we must keep hope his body wasn't found yet we don't know he's dead….even though the helicopter supposedly exploded on impact 😓😥☹😢

  18. Kobe’s death is bad enough,but his daughter who hardly lived her life. This is heartbreaking and i pray for their family and all the others who were hit during the crash.

  19. The democrats killed him. Life is cheap to them. The aircraft was not owned byBryant…it was switched out and Bryant weren’t told why.

  20. ABC lying again. It’s so sad that they all died, but your lying about it, is again, disgusting. He was changing his life around, away from the democrats. Q heard the rumour quiet a few days before the crash. LYING 🤥 FAKE NEWS!

  21. It’s so crazy and sad how I have the same birthday as Capri and she won’t never get to remember her father. Prayers go out to his wife

  22. Never was a Kobe Bryant fan.. matter of fact couldn't stand the guy… however I would NEVER wish death on him because that's just plain evil…1 of his daughters perished as well…my heart goes out to his lovely wife and their other 3 daughters…my heart also goes out to the other passengers as well….so so sad….😭😭😭😭

  23. I was never really a fan of basketball. But Kobe is truly a legend. Him and his daughter didn’t deserve to go so soon. RIP Kobe and Gigi you will be missed💔 mamba out🙏🥺😭

  24. It's too bad we don't pay this much attention and treat everybody's deaths this way. Why should Koby get all the publicity, just because he's a NBA star.
    When a poor bum dies in the slums; why don't they get this much attention? They're the ones that have a hard after all. Why do we continue to glorify the glorified? It's like they say "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer". And you know what Jesus said about storing up treasures on this Earth.

  25. I don't know for some reason I used to hate him back in the days. Now that he is dead my hatred for him dissapeard in greavance and sorrow.

  26. All that died in that horrible crash are in GODS hands now, I know he will take great care of you now god bless all the ones you left behind , we will miss you all

  27. Basketballl will never be the same …I learned to watch love this game because of him..now Kobe is gone ..i lost interest..he brought life to this game.. RIP.

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