Yesterday, the world was left devastated by the heartbreaking news that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. He was just forty-one-years-old.
The star was known for being one of the greatest players of all time, with a career with the Lakers spanning 2 decades. Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter with her father and died in the crash.
All 9 victims of the tragic crash have been named and now the Altobelli family have had their memorial service 2 weeks after the initial crash.
Keep reading for all the details.
Kobe Bryant was a legend in the world of basketball.
via: Getty ImagesThe former pro basketball player won 5 NBA titles throughout his 2-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers, cementing him as one of the greatest players of all time.
The sporting sensation joined the NBA straight out of high school.
via: Getty ImagesHe was then elected by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Ultimately, he was then traded to the Lakers, in a move that truly kick-started his iconic career.
At age thirty-four, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.
Kobe is also made a name for himself off the court.
But there's no denying he was a family man at heart.
But two weeks ago, the world woke to tragic news.
via: Getty ImagesIt had been confirmed that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirmed.
Shortly after the news broke, The city of Calabasas released a statement:
via: Getty Images"With great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash." "The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 am this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. However, we have now learned that 9 individuals were killed.
Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...
via: Getty ImagesBut tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.
During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.
This is utterly devastating news...
Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.
via: Getty ImagesTMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged thirteen, tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.
Gianna was also a promising basketball star.
Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy.
.@LACOFD helicopter over the scene . As air ops quickly told me it is a fire not sheriffs chopper hovering and now… https://t.co/I5VE1IaTao— Richard Winton (@Richard Winton)1580066118.0
The identities of other passengers have now been revealed.
Rest in peace Kobe, Gianna and the reat of passengers of fatal crash 💔 #RIPMamba https://t.co/00I5Oo0GsG— Hermaine M (@Hermaine M)1580105304.0
Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Gianna's school, was also on board.
via: FacebookHer husband wrote on Facebook: "My kids and I are devastated," he wrote. "We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much."
Sarah Chester and her teenage daughter, Payton also passed away.
via: InstagramTodd Schmidt, school principal at Harbor View Elementary, paid tribute to the pair, describing them as "two gorgeous human beings."
The pilot, Ara Zobayan was also killed.
via: FacebookAra was the final victim to be named.
The last of the victims was Gianna's fellow teammate and her dad.
via: InstagramAlyssa Altobelli played on the same team as Kobe's teenage daughter.
Alyssa's father, John Altobelli and his wife, Keri, also died in the crash.
via: FacebookJohn was an Orange Coast College baseball coach. Alyssa's brother, Tony Altobelli, confirmed the devasting news.
And two weeks on hundreds of people gathered to remember John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli.
via: TwitterOn Monday, the Angel Stadium in California saw a crowd of people gather as they remembered the family that died in the tragedy.
The community decided they would come together to celebrate their lives.
via: TwitterThe surviving members of the family, John’s son and Keri’s stepson, JJ Altobelli, and the couple’s eldest daughter, Alexis Altobelli, were thankful that everyone had come together to support them through this difficult time.
Fifteen people spoke at the service.
via: TwitterThe two-hour service saw family friends, coaches, and teammates give some emotional speeches about the family they loved so much. The entire stadium was decorated with flowers and photos in honor of them.
One particular moment really touched people's hearts...
via: TwitterWhen JJ, his fiancee, and Alexis got up to say a few words, everyone couldn't help but shed a tear.
They said this:
via: Twitter“On behalf of me, Lexi, Carly, I can’t thank everyone here enough," the Boston Red Sox scout said to the mourners in attendance. “The amount of love and support we’ve received these past few weeks has been truly amazing. Each text, call, donation or act of kindness has not gone unnoticed. It really shows the impact my dad, K and Alyssa had on everyone here."
The world has been utterly shaken by the news.
via: TwitterAnd it just really proves how short life is. We hope everyone affected by the news finds peace. RIP to all the victims.