The death of L.A. Lakers giant Kobe Bryant has come as a shock not only to devoted fans, but also to all that fall within the vicinity of popular culture. The basketball legend had earned many accolades over his star-spangled 20-season domination in the sport, from being the youngest to play in an All-Star game, to earning a rightful spot in the basketball Hall of Fame posthumously.
Bryant’s cause of death was a private helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, whilst en-route to Mamba Sports Academy in Ventura County in a group of 9 who also fell victim to the same ill-fate. There have been no reported survivors by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
Commuting in his private helicopter was a regular occurrence for Bryant, but on the morning of 26th January weather conditions were poor, with the pilot having to acquire special visual flight rules (SVFR) to fly through low clouds and fog.
Out of respect, the NBA has made the decision to delay the Lakers versus Clippers game that was initially taking place on Tuesday night. In a public statement, the NBA explained:
“The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday”.
An incident of this magnitude has left a grave indent in the lives of victims’ families and friends, and we can only commiserate with their loss. Already, we have seen stars like Neymar Jr. pay tribute to Bryant immediately after learning the news in a game-settling penalty for Paris Saint-Germain.
But perhaps the most moving was that of LeBron James, who posted the following on Instagram:
James has promised to carry-on Bryant’s legacy, and surely many other young prospects will be vowing to craft their career in the image of Bryant. The man’s legacy will not be forgotten.