Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash

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During warm-ups before the NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto, on Feb. 14, 2016, Kobe Bryant hugs his daughter. Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were found dead along with several others after a helicopter went down, on Jan. 26, in Southern Calif. (Photo Curtesy of Mark Blinch and AP Photo).

Mallory Putnam, Staff Writer

The helicopter carrying Kobe Byrant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna, and seven others crashed on Jan. 26th killing all abroad in Los Angeles. The 41 year old was a fan favorite in the NBA overall, being a 5x NBA champion. The cause of the crash is unknown, yet foggy conditions were considered dangerous enough for nearby police departments to ground their helicopters.

The sudden loss of Byrant caused shock around the world as soon as the news came out. Thousands of fans decked out in Byrant gear gathered outside of the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, where Kobe spent his entire 20-year career playing in the NBA. It was soon learned that Kobe’s daughter, Gianna, was also aboard the helicopter heading to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy for a basketball tournament.