The world is mourning over Kobe Bryant, daughter’s death
Today, the whole world is mourning over the sudden death of NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant. The 41-year-old basketball legend died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California.
According to report written on Washington Post, “Bryant was riding in an S-76 helicopter Sunday when it crashed just before 10 a.m. into a hillside near Calabasas, Calif., roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The flight manifest listed nine people on board — one pilot and eight passengers — and there were no survivors, according to local authorities. Gianna Bryant, the former player’s 13-year-old daughter, was confirmed dead.”
The said news broke the hearts of people across the globe, especially NBA fans.
“Weather observations from the crash area indicated low clouds and restricted visibility, which may have obscured high terrain. The crash sparked a quarter-acre brush fire, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which responded with “15 pieces of apparatus and 56 personnel” to extinguish the blaze. In the hours after the crash, white smoke from the helicopter was visible from nearby Highway 101. Bryant regularly traveled by helicopter during and after his NBA career, and a large crowd of fans quickly descended upon the crash scene to pay their respects,” Washington Post wrote.
Josh Rubenstein, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, said that the department’s Air Support division grounded its helicopters Sunday morning due to foggy conditions and didn’t fly until later in the afternoon.
“The weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying,” Rubenstein said.
The world is mourning
International celebrities and high-profile names reacted with shock, sadness, and respect over this sad Sunday news — one of them is Michael Jordan.
“I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing,” he said in his statement.
“I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greatest of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply — and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball.”
Former US President Barack Obama
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. 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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Devastated and heartbroken by the passing of Kobe Bryant. I admired his athletic prowess from afar and his humanity close up. He was an original. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. RIP.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 26, 2020
Legends never die ❤️ Thank you Kobe, for the motivation, for making a young kids dream come true in this one video. You were one of my idols in basketball, thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wD1MTNccLa
— Nick Ward (@IamNickWard) January 27, 2020
Reading the Kobe tributes, and about his daughter, knowing other families have had their lives torn apart by this tragedy, yields to a deep sadness. Life is so precious, and fragile.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 27, 2020
rest peacefully Kobe, Gigi & the rest of the passengers we lost today. my heart truly goes out to all the families. give a big hug to the people you love today ❤️ pic.twitter.com/D7WGsbTJCe
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) January 26, 2020
I will never be able to see this clip of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna the same again. Can y'all please retire this as a meme? #ripkobe pic.twitter.com/ifGvfsh02d
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 27, 2020
RIP Kobe, Gianna and to everyone who was in that chopper 💔#RIPKobeBryant https://t.co/MlPl4wivur
— Barbie Imperial (@barbieeimperial) January 27, 2020
Omg no no no not Kobe 😭 my heart 😭😭😭😭
— 🌺JANINE (@janinegutierrez) January 27, 2020
Jane de Leon
Whether you were a fan or not. This reminds us that we need to value our life and be happy with our loved ones.
Because we wouldn’t know what life holds ahead of us. #RIPKobeAndGianna
— JANE DE LEON (@Imjanedeleon) January 27, 2020
Rest in peace, Kobe!