“Kobe Bryant’s Life Remembered By His Many Friends”
Friends and admirers of Kobe Bryant remember and pay their respects to the late basketball legend. On Sunday, January 26th, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among several who lost their lives in a deadly helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Details are still coming out, and there have been conflicting reports about who else was on the craft. There were no survivors. Bryant was on the way to the Mamba Sports Academy at the time of the accident. Bryant was 41 years old, and is survived by his wife Vanessa, and three daughters.
Bryant retired from basketball after his 2016 season, which marked 20 seasons with the L.A. Lakers. Bryant was first drafted to the NBA in 1996, fresh out of high school. Since then, he has won five NBA Championships, won two Olympic gold medals, and is ranked fourth on the all-time scoring leader list in the NBA. He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. Bryant was also a man of many talents. He was a businessman, and he won an Academy Award in 2018 for his animated short Dear Basketball, and starred in the short film, The Black Mamba.
In light of the tragic news, Bryant’s fans, friends, and admirers have been sharing their condolences and remembering Bryant’s impact on the world and in their lives. Former United States President Barack Obama offered his love and prayers to Bryant’s family on Twitter, among many others. Also on Twitter, Shaquille O’Neil shared pictures of himself and Bryant taken together throughout the years, and expressed his sorrow over the loss. Shaq and Bryant were longtime Lakers teammates. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman also shared a photo of himself with Bryant, expressing his shock at the tragedy, among the many, many others, some of which are included below:
Many others have gone on Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms to express their sorrow, their memories, and their love for the late basketball legend. This includes Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel, Avengers actor Jeremy Renner, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Luke Cage actor Theo Rossi, and director Robert Rodriguez. There has also been an outpouring of thoughts and prayers from fans, all of them honoring the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant.
The passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all those on the helicopter is devastating. Many readers no doubt grew up their whole lives watching Bryant break records, reach new heights, and inspire. This tragedy will impact everyone around the world who supported and looked up to Bryant. Kobe Bryant leaves behind a legacy built on a lifetime of hard work, passion, and dedication that very few can imitate. There truly was no one else like him.
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