Kobe Bryant and his Daughter Die in a Helicopter Crash

Amanda Palazzolo, Author and Writer

     Kobe Bryant, the NBA MVP who had a 20-year career with the Lakers, was Killed Sunday when his helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames in the Hills above Calabasas. His daughter Gianna, 13, was also on board and died with seven othersJohn Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christian Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan. They will all be missed. Kobe Bryant was the king of the Los Angelenos and one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. For 20 seasons at the Staples Center, was an 18-time NBA All Star, he earned 5 NBA championships, and was named MVP of the NBA Finals twice. And earned the NBA’s MVP award.  

      Known as the Black Mamba, Bryant twice led the NBA in scoring and won the League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2008. He entered the NBA at the age of 17. He went in right after he graduated high school. Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents’ names are Joe and Pam Bryant. Bryant finished his NBA Career with 33,643 point. The day before Kobe died, he was passed by another Laker and superstar, LeBron James, on the league’s all time scoring list.  NBA icon Michael Jordan said, “He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force”.  

     The helicopter was identified as a Sikorsky S-76B and that it crashed before 10 a.m. PT. Bryant and his daughter and the other seven were on their way to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball event. The pilot had been given special permission to fly despite foggy conditions. Due to the inclement weather, the chopper was flying a little too low. And according to CNN, “At one point, an air traffic controller informed the pilot, “Your too low for the flight following at this time,” meaning the chopper wasn’t flying high enough to register on radar.”