The tragic death of Kobe Bryant

Stephanie Orellana, Freshman

On Sunday, January 26th, it was reported that retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna Bryant and 7 others in a helicopter accident.

According to TMZ they were heading to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California for a basketball tournament. Poor weather conditions made it very hard to see that morning. The pilot of the helicopter ignored the very thick fog and proceeded to fly.

Once the news of the tragedy was out, hundreds of mourners gathered to create an impromptu memorial outside of Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers where Bryant played for 20 years. Shortly after the accident, copies of his book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play completely sold out at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. 

Vanessa Bryant’s (Kobe’s wife) wife made her previously public Instagram account private after learning about her daughter and husband’s death. 

It was not until January 29th that she spoke out about the situation on her social media account: “I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine a life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because of Kobe, and our baby girl Gigi.” 

Although this was a tragic event and Bryant will be missed, his legacy will survive as children around Los Angeles go on saying “For Kobe” with each shot they take.