Kobe Byrant’s Oscar-Winning Movie Is More Inspiring Now Than Ever

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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…

The 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.

And 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.

Local police had also grounded their helicopters due to the poor weather.

According 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.

The 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.

Kobe 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.  

We can’t imagine what Vanessa must be going through having lost both her daughter and husband.

They are expected to be focusing on the weather conditions at the time, which were said to have been extremely foggy, as well as any possible mechanical failures that may have taken place.

And it highlighted the true extent of this horrific tragedy.

From celebrities to fans, the sheer scale of tributes proves just how beloved Bryant was and how much he will be truly missed.

A whole host of touching murals have emerged all over the world.

And an emotional memorial quickly formed, with many laying down purple and gold flowers – the signature colors of the Lakers.

Fans went against police advice not to turn up to the venue, which at the time was hosting the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.

And 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.

The 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.  

The 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.

At 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.”

Legendary actor, Mark Hamhill, who presented Bryant with his Oscar, was among those reigniting the praise for the movie.

“At least he left us with this beautiful, little film that will inspire more generations in the coming decades.”

Watch Dear Basketball below:

R.I.P. to all of the victims of this horrific tragedy. To read more about how else people are mourning the loss of Bryant, keep scrolling.