Calabasas. Kobe Bryant is dead. The basketball legend died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash. That was announced on Sunday evening.
So is Kobe Bryant died on Sunday morning in a helicopter accident in Calabasa, California. The NBA legend was with at least three people on board when the helicopter crashed. According to the celebrity portal “TMZ”, his daughter Gianna († 13) also died in the crash.
You can find all the latest news about the death of the sports superstar in our news blog.
Kobe Bryant is dead – latest news in the news blog
Tuesday, January 28, 7:14 a.m .: How is that possible? A fan predicted Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash back in 2012. A tweet by Bryant fan “DotNoso” on November 13, 2012 clearly says: “Kobe will die in a helicopter crash.”
The tweet has been going viral since Sunday, many mourners insult the “fortune teller”. Allegations that he subsequently edited the tweet with a tool were also raised, but have so far not been finally proven. It is more likely that “DotNoso” was responding to a newspaper article that dealt with the fact that Kobe Bryant very often flies with the private helicopter and thus also brought teammates like Steve Blake to a doctor’s visit.
7:16 p.m .: As the “New York Times” reports, the helicopter is said to have received an exceptional permit – due to the bad weather. In its report, the newspaper relies on audio recordings from the helicopter.
3.48 p.m .: In addition to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, seven other people died on board the helicopter. College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were three of them. According to media reports, girl basketball coach and Altobelli colleague Christina Mauser († 38) also sat on the death helicopter, leaving her husband and daughters. The other inmates were Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. The pilot is said to have been identified as Ara Zobayan. The 50-year-old was considered an experienced pilot. “He taught up-and-coming pilots how to fly and was very loved in the aviation community,” says pilot colleague Christina Pascucci.
12.44 p.m .: “You are flying too low for a flight tracking.” There was no answer to these last words from air traffic control, which were radioed to the helicopter pilot. Maybe because he was actually flying too low when he circled over Burbank to get a landing permit. Then N72EX disappeared from the radar. As the “Sun” reports, the helicopter still climbed to over 600 meters, but then crashed into the mountain at a height of 518 meters. Why the helicopter started in spite of the fog, which even caused police helicopters to remain on the ground, is being investigated.
10:39 a.m .: Kobe Bryant and his daughter were on their way to his “Mamba Academy” sports school. His daughter, who was already a highly talented basketball player at the age of 13, should have played there. Papa Kobe, who often worked as a trainer in his academy, wanted to watch his daughter’s game.
9.22 a.m .: It is now clear that John Altobelli, baseball coach at Orange Coast College, was also in the helicopter and, like his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, is one of the victims of the tragedy. “We have lost a member of our OCC family and our hearts are broken,” says OCC President Angelica Suarez. “Coach Altobelli was an institution on our campus – a beloved teacher, trainer, colleague and friend. This is a huge loss for our campus community. “
8.06 a.m .: The number of people who died in the accident has now been confirmed. According to official police reports, a total of nine people were on board: the pilot, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. Among the victims was John Altobelli, coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team. The school announced this. According to CNN, his wife and one of his two daughters were also killed in the crash. The identification by the authorities is still pending.
7.27 a.m .: Many celebrities are shocked. Death was particularly hard on long-time teammate and good friend Shaquille O’Neal. The NBA star writes on Twitter: “I can’t find words for the pain I am going through because I lost my niece Gigi and my brother Kobe Bryant. I love you and you will be missing. My condolences go to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. ”
In another tweet he wrote: “Kobe was more than an athlete, he was a family man. (…) His little daughter Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. “
7:04 a.m .: The Washington Post has temporarily suspended a journalist because of a more than dubious action shortly after Kobe Bryant’s death. You can find out what it’s about here >>
6.33 a.m .: TMZ now showed a photo that should show the crash site.
Monday, January 27, 6:17 a.m .: According to the Times report, it was foggy around the hills where the helicopter crashed. Kobe Bryant’s helicopter had apparently started in Orange County. The 41-year-old lived there with his family.
11:14 p.m .: Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA expert at ESPN, writes that he learned from sources that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were on their way to a basketball game when the helicopter crashed.
11:01 p.m .: The “Los Angeles Times” reports of several deaths, the exact number is unclear. According to the newspaper, the crash caused a bush fire. This made it difficult for the rescuers to get to the crash site.
10:44 p.m .: After the crash, rumors spread that Rick Fox, also a former Lakers player, was also said to have been on board. The Canadian lawyer denied the rumors, TMZ said.
10:23 p.m .: News of the superstar’s death spread like wildfire around the world. Already at the Grammys, which were awarded last night in the USA, a song was dedicated to the 41-year-old by soul singer Alicia Keys and the band Boyz-II-Men.
Trump: “Terrible News”
Sunday, 10:10 p.m .: Many people, including celebrities from sports, politics and society, have already expressed their grief on social media. US President Donald Trump also responded: “This is terrible news!”
NFL star Tom Brady writes: “We already miss you Kobe”. Bayern star Jerome Boateng mourns: “No, that can’t be true. R.I.P. King. We will all miss you. Our prayers are with the family. #goat “
Kaley Cuoco (Penny from “Big Bang Theory“) Posted a picture of the NBA legend on her Instagram channel with the words:” Sitting here for hours completely shocked by the news. Kobe – it will hurt a lot for a while. “
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Kobe Bryant’s last words
9.41 p.m .: Only 15 hours before the sad news from California, Kobe Bryant posted on Instagram: “Let’s go to number 2, Kingjames! Develop the game further and set the path for the next one. ”A message to Lakers star LeBron James, who displaced the club legend from third place in the eternal scorer list the night before.
Kobe Bryant – a legend
- born on August 23, 1978 in Philiadelphia (USA)
- NBA draft 1996
- Position: Shooting Guard
- 1996 to 2016 Los Angeles Lakers
- 33,643 points
- 2008: Most Valuable Player (MVP) – voted the most valuable player in the NBA
- in the NBA Allstar team continuously since 1998
- 24 games for the USA
20.55 p.m .: A fire is said to have broken out on board. According to the TMZ, it is confirmed that five people died. Accordingly, his wife Vanessa was said not to have sat in the helicopter. The couple have four children.
Kobe Bryant was one of the best NBA players ever
Kobe Bryant was one of the best basketball players ever. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016. He decisively shaped the NBA, the top division in the USA, during this period.
In 2000, 2001 and 2002 the Lakers dominated the NBA with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox and won the championship three times in a row. In 2009 and 2010, the team with Kobe at the helm again succeeded twice.
In the list of the best players in the history of the NBA, Kobe Bryant is in fourth place with 33,643 points. (Jg / dso)