The retired N.B.A. star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, Calif. A college baseball coach and his wife and daughter were also killed.
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Coroner: all nine on board sustained immediate fatal injuriesBryant crashed in thick fog north of Los...Coroner: all nine on board sustained immediate fatal injuriesBryant crashed in thick fog north of Los Angeles in JanuaryThe pilot flying NBA legend Kobe Bryant and seven others, including his daughter, to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsy reports released late on Friday.The reports by the Los Angeles county coroner’s office provide a clinical but unvarnished look at the brutality of the crash. Continue reading...
An official Kobe Bryant memorial looks likely on February 24 at the Staples Center, where he once dominated the court for the LA Lakers
A memorial will be held on February 24 to commemorate Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven...A memorial will be held on February 24 to commemorate Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others who died in a helicopter crash, the Los Angeles Times and CNN reported. According to CNN the date 2/24 has special significance – 24 was Bryant's jersey number and 2 was his daughter Gianna's. The event will have a tight timeframe because a a basketball game between the LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies is scheduled right after, the Times said. The Staples Center has already become an unofficial focus of mourning for Bryant since he, Gianna, and seven others were killed on January 26. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A public memorial in honor of Kobe Bryant is due to be held at his old stomping ground of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. The event is being planned for Monday February 24, according to two unnamed sources who spoke to the Times, as well as sources who spoke to CNN. It has not been officially announced. It will also honor Bryant's daughter Gianna, and the seven others who died in the same helicopter crash in Los Angeles County in late January. The Times's sources said the date was set after talks with Bryant's widow Vanessa, the Staples Center, and The Lakers organization. A Lakers spokesperson has no comment when contacted by Business Insider. The bodies of all nine victims from the January 26 crash were returned to their families this week by medical examiners in Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, the Staples Center memorial will be relatively brief, as it needs to finish in time for a scheduled game between the LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, which starts at 7:30 p.m. local time. CNN noted that the date 2/24 could be symbolic: Bryant wore the number 24 jersey for the latter part of his career, and Gianna played in number 2 in youth basketball games. The Staples Center has already become a focus for memorials to Bryant. Fans made their own memorial outside the day after he died, coating the ground outside with flowers, jerseys and other tributes. A previously planned game between the LA Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers also became a Bryant tribute, with celebrity performances, a speech from LeBron James, and two empty courtside seats for Bryant and Gianna. Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the local news channel ABC7 that Bryant should have some kind of public memorial in the city where he spent 20 years as a stand-out player with the Lakers. "I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court," Garcetti later told the LA Times. The other victims of the crash were John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan, the pilot. Read more: Kobe Bryant's body has been returned to his family, who can now organize a funeral for him and Gianna LeBron James gave a loving eulogy to his 'brother' Kobe Bryant before the Lakers first game since tragic helicopter accident Kobe Bryant, 41, dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas, California Lakers fans paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant by leaving more than 1,300 basketballs outside the Staples Center Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Apple forever changed the biggest tech event of the year by not showing up
LeBron James gave a loving eulogy to his 'brother' Kobe Bryant before the Lakers first game since tragic helicopter accident
The Los Angeles Lakers offered an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant on Friday night before their...The Los Angeles Lakers offered an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant on Friday night before their first game since his tragic death. After a series of performances and a video remembrance, LeBron James walked out to the center of the court to give a speech in honor of the Lakers legend. LeBron James had a speech prepared, but threw it aside in favor of speaking from the heart while speaking about his "brother." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James offered a loving remembrance of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Friday night at the Staples Center. The Lakers were set to play the Portland Trail Blazers in their first game since Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday just outside Los Angeles, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others on board. Ahead of the game, the team and fans celebrated Bryant's life with a number of tributes, from wearing No. 8 and 24 during pregame warmups and a 24-second moment of silence, to performances by Usher, Boyz II Men, and cellist Ben Hong. After those ceremonies, LeBron took the center of the court. James first acknowledged all of those affected by the tragedy, reading off the names of all nine victims on board. He then pulled out a piece of paper. "Now, I've got something written down. They asked me to kind of stay on course," James began. "But Laker Nation I would be selling you short if I read from this s---, so I'm gonna speak from the heart." LeBron told the crowd to "lean on the shoulders of their family," and celebrated Laker Nation and how the team and its fans had come together over their week of mourning. "Now I know at some point we'll have a memorial for Kobe, but I look at this as a celebration tonight," James said. "Kobe is a brother to me," James said. "From the time I was in high school, watching him from afar, to getting in this league at 18, watching him up close. All of the battles that we had throughout my career. The one thing that we always shared was that determination to just want to win, and just want to be great. And the fact that I'm here now means so much to me. I want to continue along with my teammates, to continue his legacy not only for this year, but for as long as we can play the game of basketball, because that's what Kobe Bryant would want." "So in the words of Kobe Bryant, 'Mamba Out.' But in the of us, 'Not forgotten.' Live on brother." James and Bryant shared a close relationship as NBA peers, Team USA teammates, and as Los Angeles Lakers. The day before Bryant's death, James had passed him for third-place on the all-time NBA scoring list. Bryant's last tweet was congratulating James for his accomplishment and his continuing effort to "move the game forward." With his speech on Friday night, James did just that. Read more: Vanessa Bryant announced a fund to direct donations to other families of victims of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna 'My spirit just left my body': Shaquille O'Neal gives an emotional speech about teammate Kobe Bryant Jimmy Fallon shares a story about meeting Kobe Bryant at a party and going on a beer run in a touching tribute to the Lakers legend Tracy McGrady says Kobe Bryant used to tell him early in his career that he wanted to 'die young' and be 'immortalized' How Kobe Bryant became one of the NBA's all-time greatest players and an almost mythical figure in the processJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know