It was a foggy Sunday morning January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in the city of Calabasas, California, around 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, while en route from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport. It was the day of the biggest award show in entertainment being held in the city and the worlds biggest entertainers were all preparing for the night. Nine people were on board: retired icon basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five other passengers, and the pilot. Everyone on board was killed on impact when the the helicopter crashed.
Kobe Bryant is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. He was also the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.
Nickname “Black Mamba” in the mid-2000s, and the epithet became widely adopted by the general public.
This had to be one of the most devastating celebrity deaths I’ve experienced in my lifetime. There hasn’t been a day that went by where I didn’t think about this tragic accident. I pray everyday for the peace of all the loved ones that they left behind that truly deal with this level of pain in the most unfathomable way.
Immortal: Kobe & GiGi
Lightening for which even the sun cannot see
Greater than god planned for and far beyond what humans are expected to be
Conquered the entire world in one lifetime
The magic you possessed was a goldmine
Faster than any force mankind had ever seen
Fierce competitor to all extremes
Devoted love to family above everything
No matter how many other galaxies there may be out in the universe I’m certain god couldn’t have duplicated you
For you are a combination of prayer, hope, and a dream come true
For the stories that will never stop being told
For you being the standard of greatness will never get old
The bedtime stories for the kids of the next generation will be told as you were the definition of gifted
Poetically tell them how when you left this earth the world shifted
Painted pictures and moments of silences from coast to coast
The world emphasized with the pain but your family felt it the most
For the kids of the generation that took crumbled up balls of paper and shouted your name as they shot it to the trash can in hopes they made the basket
For the generation that lost their childhood superhero and still can’t come to terms with how it happened
No college educated explanations can make it make sense or stop the pain from hurting deeply
We will continue to honor your love in your name. We pray KOBE & GIGI…….