Remembering Kobe 1 Year On

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

26 Jan 2021

Today marks one year since Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna passed away. The former Los Angeles Laker passed in tragic circumstances, dying in a helicopter crash on the way to his daughters basketball game.

The news was first reported by TMZ, who received backlash from local authorities and the general public for rushing the story before all facts were available. John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and daughter Payton Chester as well as pilot Ara Zobayan also perished.

News of Kobe’s death saw memorials erupt all over the globe. He was also rightfully honoured by the NBA community with tributes pouring out from current and former players, coaches, teams the WNBA & NBA. Kobe who only retired in 2016, was just starting a career in filmmaking having won an Oscar for his 2017 animated short film ‘Dear Basketball’.

Considered by some the greatest basketball player of all time, the 5 time NBA champion left a rich legacy behind him. Known for his fervent commitment to the game, Kobe was awarded the nickname “Black Mamba” which he wore proudly. In his later years he became a real ambassador for women’s basketball thanks to his daughter Gianna’s interest in the sport.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa, and his 3 other daughters Bianka, Natalia and Capri.