Fans all over the world have been mourning the tragic death of legendary sports star, Kobe Bryant, following the devasting helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 8 others, including his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna.
The world feels as though it has come to a standstill, with many unable to process the star's sudden and untimely death.
Following the horrific tragedy, Bryant's studio has re-released his Oscar-winning short movie, Dear Basketball, for fans to watch for free and it's more inspiring now than ever.
Keep scrolling to watch the full movie...
On Sunday, Jan 26, the sporting world was left heartbroken by the sudden death of one of its biggest stars, Kobe Bryant.
via: Getty ImagesThe former Lakers star and basketball legend was involved in a fatal accident when his private helicopter crashed in Calabasas at around 9:45 am local time. The aircraft - a Sikorsky S-76B - went down on a hillside just outside of the city.
Shortly after the tragedy, a press conference confirmed there were no survivors.
via: Getty ImagesAnd we left devastated by the news that Bryant's thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, who was a promising basketball player herself, had also died in the crash. It is believed that they were traveling to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.
When the aircraft took off, weather conditions were extremely foggy.
via: Flightradar24 / BBCLocal police had also grounded their helicopters due to the poor weather.
Prior to the fatal crash, the pilot asked air traffic controllers for a "special clearance."
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the BBC, the aircraft circled in the air for twelve minutes before being given the clearance. The pilot then asked controllers for "flight following," assistance given to helicopters to avoid collisions, but was told the helicopter was flying too low to be picked up by radar, the BBC reports.
Just minutes later, the pilot said he was "climbing to avoid a cloud layer."
via: Getty ImagesThe helicopter then climbed and began a left descending turn, according to radar data, before communication was lost "consistent with the accident location," the BBC reports.
All of the victims of the devastating accident have now been named.
via: TwitterKobe Bryant, forty-one. Gianna Bryant, thirteen. John Altobelli, fifty-six, his wife, Keri, forty-six, and their teenage daughter, Alyssa. Sarah Chester, forty-five. Payton Chester, thirteen. Christina Mauser, thirty-eight. Ara Zobayan, fifty.
Bryant leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, and their daughters – Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.
Investigators are currently working to determine the official cause of the crash.
Aviation officials search for answers in site of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash https://t.co/6ZWd013y8z via @SpinPh— alfred arellano (@alfred arellano)1580080882.0
Devasting pictures of the crash scene soon surfaced.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it highlighted the true extent of this horrific tragedy.
Tributes have poured out for the victims.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To… https://t.co/YlRRr9ng7Q— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1580075776.0
Artists have also been hard at work to pay tribute to the late star.
🌹KOBE & GIGI FOREVER 🌹 BEAUTIFUL MURAL BY ARTIST MUCK ROCK // LOCATED AT PICKFORD MARKET 4566 Pickford St, Los Ange… https://t.co/IAMmJvTS0W— KOREATOWN (@KOREATOWN)1580142021.0
Shortly after the devasting news broke, fans flocked to Bryant's own home to pay their respects...
And of course, many mourners rushed to the STAPLES Center, home of the LA Lakers, to pay their respects.
via: Getty ImagesFans went against police advice not to turn up to the venue, which at the time was hosting the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.
It's clear Bryant has a huge impact on his fans.
via: Getty ImagesAnd many couldn't hold back tears at the star's vigil at both the crash site and outside his home.
As fans look back on the sports icon's greatest moments, many have been rewatching his 2017 short film, Dear Basketball.
via: imdbThe animated short film, written and narrated by Bryant, earnt the star an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 2018 Academy Awards - making him the first NBA player to ever win the coveted award.
Bryant's studio have released the movie to watch for free following his tragic death.
via: imdbThe movie is based on a letter Bryant wrote to The Players’ Tribune in November 2015 announcing his retirement from basketball. At the time, the film was branded as "inspirational," with one critic writing: "A beautifully hand-drawn animation and personal poem that is both impassioned and inspiring." But now that statement rings true more than ever.
The short saw Bryant declaring his love for the game.
via: TwitterAt one point in the animated flick, the star says: "I fell in love with you. A love so deep I gave you my all, from my mind and body to my spirit and soul."
Following Bryant's untimely death, the short has been attracted praise once more.
Kobe won the Best Animated Short #AcademyAward for writing & narrating #DearBasketball (music by #JohnWilliams)-It… https://t.co/W8Hnjzgd3A— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1580083861.0
The inspirational short will be a huge part of his legacy.
This seems like a good time to rewatch Dear Basketball. Kobe was one of the most influential sports players of our… https://t.co/zc82q7vp91— David Cuevas is a Sundance Film Festival 2021 man (@David Cuevas is a Sundance Film Festival 2021 man)1580068455.0
Watch Dear Basketball below:
Watch this Oscar winning animated short film 'Dear Basketball,’ written and narrated by Kobe Bryant, and pay tribut… https://t.co/2uwc7d74BM— Yicai Global 第一财经 (@Yicai Global 第一财经)1580103828.0