Written by Lilly Wright
On Sunday Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant, an NBA MVP with a 20-year basketball career was killed in a helicopter crash. His 13 year old daughter, Gianna, was among the 9 people on board the helicopter when it crashed above Calabasas, California. Gianna’s friend, Alyssa Altobelli, and her parents were on board and died in the crash as well. The helicopter was headed to Bryant’s youth basketball academy when it crashed in foggy conditions about 30 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles.
The sheriff of Los Angeles County said the helicopter crashed in “very rough terrain” and emergency crews found it dangerous trying to get to the crash site. Debris from the crash reached roughly 100 yards in each direction. As of Monday morning, all the bodies on board had been identified, but the medical examiner said it could take several days to recover them. Officials still do not know the cause of the crash and will have to look through the helicopter’s maintenance history and recordings with the pilot.
Many people are upset that TMZ released the details of the crash, including the deaths of Bryant and his daughter, before the family was even notified. Critics have called this decision unsympathetic and unethical. Many other news sources were quick to follow, and even the president tweeted a false number of people on board. Throughout the day on Sunday, many things were posted across social media. Videos of other NBA player’s reactions were posted, breaking the hearts of millions- especially Michael Jordan, who broke into tears upon hearing the news. Last night at the Rockets and Nuggets game, the players were shocked when they heard the news during their warm up. There were many tributes to him, including 24-second and 8-second violations in honor of Bryant’s jersey numbers.