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The Tragic Loss of Kobe Bryant

Updated: Feb 20

ANTHONY SASONGKO -


As you may have heard, Kobe Bryant sadly passed away, dying in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California,

on January 26th. This unfortunate incident killed 9 people, of which included Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, family friends, and the pilot. They were all heading to watch Gianna’s basketball game, in which Gianna starred in.


Kobe Bryant, a 5-time NBA champion for the Los Angeles Lakers, is considered one of the best basketball players of all time. He was an 18-time all star, a 15 time member of the all NBA team, an NBA MVP, and fourth on the all-time scoring list. His inspiring work ethic and his will to be a great NBA player was like nobody else. His legacy as a great NBA player has not been forgotten, as millions of people across the world have acknowledged his death. NBA player Shaquille O’Neal has expressed his grief by saying, “I lost a little brother.”


Former president Barack Obama expressed his sorrow as well. “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act,” Obama posted on Twitter. “To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”


Many people across the world have been affected in negative ways by Kobe’s death. His wife Vanessa said, “Can’t finish a sentence without crying”. Los Angeles had a mourning period where many fans stormed the streets. Kobe Bryant played for Los Angeles for many years, winning 5 championships to the city of Los Angeles so his death was most felt by LA. Being a fan favorite, and a beloved sports figure to many, his death has been felt all over the world.