Kobe Bryant’s Tragic Passing and Remembrance

Mateo Santiago, Writer

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall-of-Famer, passed away in a tragic helicopter crash. Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were on their way to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball event.

The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter that they were on crashed just before 10 a.m. near Calabasas, California. Kobe and his daughter did not make it out of the crash, along with seven other people.

Kobe supported many charities and gave back to his community of Los Angeles. Kobe helped raise well over $100 million for many causes, $81 million of it being for cancer research. Kobe Bryant inspired many on and off the basketball court and will forever be remembered in our hearts.

ESPN anchor Elle Duncan’s tribute to Kobe Bryant inspired #girldad to trend on Twitter recently. The Los Angeles Lakers also honored Kobe Bryant’s legacy with great detail before the team went on to beat the Sacramento Kings. LeBron James offered a moving tribute to the crowd at the Staples Center, detailing Kobe Bryant’s accomplishments in both his career and in his life. “So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba out.’ But in the words of us, ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on, brother.”