Basketball fans gathered in Los Angeles yesterday to commemorate Kobe Bryant, a year after the former basketball legend was killed in a helicopter crash.
Several fans laid flowers on Tuesday for an impromptu memorial outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the arena where Bryant became one of the most successful players in NBA history.
Kobe Bryant died a year ago at the age of 41 with his daughter Gianna (13). The seven other occupants also did not survive the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Since his death, dozens of large murals have popped up all over Los Angeles.
“Family is forever“
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the accident-killed Lakers star, posted on Instagram on Tuesday a letter she had received from one of her daughter’s best friends: “You’ve probably heard this, but if I ever become a mother, I hope that my daughter will be just like yours. ”
Vanessa added, “I miss my little girl and Kob-Kob so much. I will never understand why / how this tragedy happened to such beautiful, sweet and wonderful people. It still doesn’t seem real. ”
The Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant’s former team, commemorate the basketball legend with a black and white photo on Twitter of Bryant kissing his daughter on the head, captioned, “Family is forever.”
Five-time champion and businessman
Bryant ranks as one of the most successful players in NBA history. With the Lakers, he became a champion five times and won gold in the Olympics twice. In 2016 he ended his sporting career.
The five-time NBA champion had set up a venture capital fund in addition to his own media production company, which invested in technology companies, media and gaming. In 2018, Bryant won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film with his media production company Dear Basketball.