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.
Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter with her father and died in the crash along with 7 other victims.
Families have been left distraught and friends and fans all around the world have been paying tribute to the lives lost.
Scroll to the end to find out why some people are outraged at the idea the Staples Centre should be re-named after Kobe Bryant.
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 yesterday, the world woke to tragic news...
via: Getty ImagesIt had been confirmed that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning. 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 reported.
The cause of the crash is currently unknown...
via: Getty ImagesBut Kurt Deetz, who has flown helicopters carrying Bryant in the past, told the Los Angeles Times that weather was a more likely cause of the accident than a mechanical issue.
This seems to be a likely explanation...
via: Getty Images"The likelihood of a catastrophic twin-engine failure on that aircraft - it just doesn't happen," he said.
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.
She was so young...
Like her dad, Gianna was a promising basketball star...
Her death, alongside the 8 others, is a true loss.
via: Getty ImagesTributes have been flooding in from all around the world, and the NBA community has been truly impacted by this devastating accident.
People are calling for the Staples Centre to be renamed.
via: Getty ImagesPeople all over Twitter have been pushing for the Staples Centre to be renamed after Kobe Bryant.
Shaun King started the idea.He tweeted yesterday: "At whatever cost, the Staples Center should be renamed after Kobe Bryant." The post has had over 2000 retweets and 16000 likes since last night.
However, some people are against the Staples Center being renamed.
@shaunking At the cost of the women he assaulted?— Tia Town-Schon (@Tia Town-Schon)1580079986.0
Bryant was charged with one count of felony sexual assault on July 18.
via: Getty ImagesBryant held a news conference at Staples Center, stood with his wife Vanessa, where he admitted committing adultery but said “I’m innocent" of assault.
Over time Bryant's reputation seemed to rebound.
via: InstagramHe was perceived in the public eye to be a loving father and husband.
This is how Bryant wanted to be remembered.
via: YoutubeHe told a Times columnist: “At the end of the day when it’s my last year, people can look back and say, ‘You know what? He had a hell of a career, he was a hell of a person.’" In response to whether he was concerned about his image.