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Many Missing, One Dead As Canadian Helicopter Crash.

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A Canadian sailor’s body has been found amid debris from a navy helicopter that crashed during a NATO operation in the sea between Greece and Italy, officials said Thursday.

Five other crew members from the Cyclone Sikorsky CH-148 helicopter are still missing..

It was returning to the Canadian warship HMCS Fredericton after a training mission when contact was lost on Wednesday evening.

“Yesterday, a Royal Canadian Navy helicopter on a NATO mission, carrying six members of the Canadian Armed Forces, went down with all hands in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa.

“One casualty was recovered and five are missing,” he said.

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A Greek military officer said the debris had been found “in Italy’s zone of control and intervention,” specifying the wreckage belonged to the Canadian helicopter.

The Canadian frigate and submarine-hunting helicopter were 100 days into a NATO mission, aimed at deterring Russia.

More than 900 Canadian soldiers are deployed throughout Eastern Europe as part of Operation Reassurance Canada’s largest current international military deployment.

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Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the cause of the crash was “unknown,” but that an automatic beacon was located in the waters moments after contact was lost, and the helicopter’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders had since been recovered.

At the time of the accident the crew and allied ships were “not conducting surveillance or targeted operations on any particular vessel, adversary or otherwise”, Canada’s chief of the defence staff, General Jon Vance, said.

“We can’t rule anything out but I’m quite certain from a military situation, (the helicopter crash) was not a function of contact or shootdown,” he said.

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Canada’s top general said a “very sizeable debris field” had been found and that a search and rescue operation continues in the 3,000-feet (900-meter) deep sea.


‘Air, sea search’


Vance also confirmed that the body of Sub Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough was recovered from the crash site.

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Her father Shane Cowbrough said in a social media post he was “broken and gutted” by the loss of his eldest daughter.

“There are no words,” he said.

The two pilots, Captain Brenden MacDonald and Captain Kevin Hagen, as well as Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins were also confirmed missing.

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NATO ships and aircraft were taking part in the search, supported by Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States, Juanita Chang, spokeswoman for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), said.

Initial reports said the helicopter had been over international waters 50 nautical miles (93 kilometers) off Kefalonia.

Around the time of the crash, Italian, Greek and Turkish frigates were taking part in naval exercises along with the Canadians.

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Chang said the Fredericton was part of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group Two and had recently sailed from the base of Souda on Crete on a mission of “maritime situational awareness in the Mediterranean”.

The group “performed several exercises with units of the Turkish navy followed with exercises with the (Greek) navy and air force this past week,” Chang said.

HMCS Fredericton had left Canada on January 20 and was scheduled to return to its home port of Halifax in July.

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During the crash investigation to follow and in order “to rule out that there’s a fleet-wide problem”, all of the Canadian military’s relatively new Cyclone helicopters would be grounded temporarily, Vance said.

He noted only one other accident involving the helicopters, in which strong winds had “knocked the helicopter around”, since they started to be deployed in 2015, replacing a fleet of aging Sea Kings.


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Emir Sanusi flies in an Helicopter to Awe community in Nasarawa. {Video}


Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the deposed Emir of Kano, was this afternoon whisked away in an helicopter from his new abode in Nasarawa state.

According to reports, he has been taken to another home in Awe town still in Nasarawa state. Awe is considerably remote compared to Loko. Loko is a small mini-port town along the bank of the River Benue. The reason for the change in location has not been disclosed.

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Vanessa is suing helicopter company over death of her husband, Kobe and daughter Gianna Bryant


Vanessa Bryant is suing the helicopter company, Island Express, after a crash killed her Husband, Kobe, Gianna Bryant, seven other people, including the pilot, Ara George Zobayan.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the same day the “Celebration of Life” for Kobe and Gianna was in progress at the Staples Center.

N.Rs received that the lawsuit alleges Island Express was only allowed to fly under visual flight rules, and the conditions the day of the crash were not conducive for such flying. The fog was extremely low when the Sikorsky S-76B took off from John Wayne Airport, and the pilot is said to have been in blinding conditions moments before the crash.

The lawsuit also reportedly says that the pilot was travelling at 180mph in a steep decline amid the fog. Also, the lawsuit states that the pilot failed to monitor and assess the weather before take-off, as well as failing to obtain weather data prior to the flight. The pilot is also said to have failed to abort the flight upon learning of the cloudy conditions.

An allegation toward the pilot, Zobayan states that he did not avoid “natural obstacles” in the flight path. The lawsuit says Island Express embarked on unnecessary and needlessly risky means of transportation given the conditions. Damages are asked for in the suit for “pre-impact” terror, which regards the emotional distress Kobe and Gianna suffered as the helicopter crashed.


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Just in: Nigeria inducts new helicopter gunship


The Nigerian government says it will continue to fund and equip the military in order to address any form of insurgency in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja, while inducting three newly acquired helicopter gunships for use by the Nigerian Airforce.

He said: “I congratulate the Chief of the Air Staff and all the personnel of the Air Force on this occasion of the commissioning of the Agusta 109 Power and MI-171E helicopters gunships into the Service.


“It is noteworthy that professionalism, capacity building and adequately equipping the Armed Forces and other security agencies are a major policy thrust of this Administration. We promise to re-professionalise and re-equip the Armed Forces and security agencies to effectively discharge their duties to our nation.

“I have no doubt that the deployment of these Agusta 109P gunships and the M-17IE helicopter would add impetus to the combat efficiency of the Air Force in combating our contemporary security challenges.


“We are committed to taking the right steps in achieving the desired results. The acquisition of these aircraft amongst other military equipment despite our budgetary constraints is an expression of our commitment.”

The President however admonished officers and men of the Nigerian Airforce to maintain discipline and maintenance culture, to enhance the use and lifespan of the helicopters.


“I therefore expect discipline in operation and a strong maintenance culture that will enable the nation to derive maximum benefits from this acquisition,” he said.

The Nigerian leader used the opportunity to express sincere appreciation to the governments of Italy and Russia, for whom Nigeria acquired the aircrafts, adding that Nigeria will continue to strengthen its ties with them.


“I commend the support of the Governments of Italy and the Russian Federation, in particular efforts of the Italian and Russian Ambassador to Nigeria at sustaining the strategic partnership between our countries, which facilitated this acquisition.

“We will continue to take steps that would deepen our bilateral relations. This administration has taken concrete steps to make the investment climate as friendly as possible for foreign investors and we will strive to maintain this tempo.


“The degree of confidence of foreign investors in our country is growing and efforts are ongoing to attract more foreign investment in the non-oil sector of the economy so as to achieve the level of diversification we desire to see in our economy,”he said.

President Buhari commended the military for working round the clock, to ensure that the Boko Haram terrorists are completely defeated as well as contributing immensely to peacekeeping operations in Africa and beyond.


“The Nigerian Air Force since its establishment in 1964, has been playing critical roles in national security as well as in peace-keeping operations on the African continent.

“Your contributions in internal security, peace keeping and humanitarian operations in places like The Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon have not only been a source of pride to us as a nation, but has also projected us as a reliable regional power.


“This is indeed most commendable as our Air Force, alongside other Services, continues to play its unique role in the counter-insurgency operations and other operations particularly in the North East and the North West where our officers, airmen and airwomen, soldiers and ratings are performing gallantly,” he said.

The President promised that government shall ensure that every sector of Nigeria experience the change that it promised.

Highpoint of the event was the inspection of the gunships by the president and other dignitaries that graced the occasion.

There was also a special display by men of the Airforce on the combat capability of the Force.


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I will take Kobe Bryant’s Footsteps – LeBron vows ..


LeBron James vowed Friday that he and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates would continue the legacy of club icon Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.

James, his voice fraught with emotion, addressed the Staples Center crowd before the Lakers returned to NBA action for the first time since Bryant’s death.

Flinging away his prepared notes, James said to cheers he would speak from the heart, calling on all present to celebrate Bryant’s life and a career that included five NBA titles in 20 years with the Lakers.


“I know at some point we will have a memorial for Kobe,” he said. “But I look at this as a celebration tonight.

“This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken-down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be.


“Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.

“The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James said. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want.”


After the game, James said he decided to deviate from his notes “pretty much when I went up there.

“I wanted to make sure I acknowledged all the lives that were lost Sunday morning and I didn’t want to mess that up so I looked at the names on a paper,” James said.


He movingly pronounced the names of all nine people who died in the crash, a somber list that included Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

“But when I kind of looked at the notecards I had or that was kind of being insisted on — and some of it was what I wanted to talk about — I decided for me personally just letting the words flow right from the heart and whatever comes out they’re pure – there’s truth to it.”

One truth he’d come to realize, James said, was that the ruthlessly competitive Bryant had blossomed since retiring in 2016 as he focused on creative pursuits and life with his wife, Vanessa, and their four daughters.

“Seeing Kobe play the game of basketball 20 years for the Lakers since he was 18 to 38, and I was like you know it’s crazy, these last three years, out of all the success he had, five rings, multiple MVPs, All-Star Game MVP, first-league everything, all-life, all-world all-basketball — it felt like these last three years was the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” James said.


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{Photos} LeBron tattoos ‘Kobe 4 life’ on his lap ..


Popular basketball star, Lebron James has paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with a new tattoo, days after the LA Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and 9 others in Calabasas, California.

Lebron who was pictured crying at the Los Angeles airport the morning after hearing of Kobe’s untimely death, visited celebrity tattoo artist Vanessa Aurelia on Wednesday to get the new ink, then on Thursday during his work out in Lakers training facility in El Segundo, let photographers capture the new tattoo.

The tattoo is still fresh, but has the shape of a black mamba, the nickname Kobe was known for, then an inscription ‘Kobe for life’ can be seen written.


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Kobe Bryant’s death is because of his affair with his daughter – Doctor affirms ..


Following the tragic death of NBA star, Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter, Gianni in the gory helicopter crash, a Nigerian UK-based Doctor and Writer, Yemi, has alleged that Kobe was having incestuous affair with his daughter, Gianni.

According to Yemi, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianni perishing in the gory helicopter crash was a punishment from God for their incestuous affair.The Nigerian UK-based Doctor, Yemi, took to Twitter and posted a photo of Kobe Bryant kissing his daughter on the lips and asked whether it was right for a father and daughter to kiss on the lips and then alleged that;“Is it right to have a lip kiss with your own daughter? Kobe Bryant was no doubt a pedophile and an incestuous father. They deserve death. The death was punishment for their sins, for atonement. #RIPMamba”.


In another tweet, Yemi continued that;

“I had a dream on Tuesday last week where God appeared to me and told me that he was going to kill Kobe Bryant and his daughter for their incestuous affair. I didn’t believe him. When it happened, he reappeared and said, “You doubt too much my daughter #RIPMamba #RIPGianna”.


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How Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter crashed ..


New footage of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter circling ‘aggressively’ overhead before it crashed has surfaced online.

A witness who captured the moment took to Twitter to share the video of the helicopter circling over Glendale, California, just 30 minutes before the Sikorsky S-76 crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday.

‘I try and video /photograph all the weird stuff happening above my house in Glendale,CA. Unfortunately this morning I didn’t realize I was filming the helicopter Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others were in 31 minutes before they crashed . RIP,’ a Twitter user with the handle @theironlydreams wrote.

Another tweet from the same user claimed that the pilot was performing a very ”aggressive circling maneuver,” that’s why he went outside to film because it was so loud. He added that he ‘observed 1 or 2 circles’ before filming.

 New footage of Kobe Bryant

According to the Today show, the man’s home has been verified as being under the flight path of the Sikorsky S-76B chopper.


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I don’t have a wife – Husband of coach killed in accident with Bryant cried ..


Matt Mauser, whose wife Christina was killed along with NBA legend Kobe Bryant and seven others Sunday, describes her as “extraordinary.”

Mauser and the other passengers were heading to a basketball game when their chopper went down in Calabasas, California.


Mauser was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Bryant’s daughter attended school.

She and Bryant also coached a Mamba Academy basketball team that included “Gigi” Bryant and two other girls who died in the crash.


She was also a mother of three.

Matt Mauser opened up about the family’s loss on “Today Show” Monday morning.


“I got three small kids, and I’m trying to figure out how to navigate life with three kids and no mom,” Mauser said. “I’m scared. I think more than anything I’m a little scared about the future.”

“She was incredibly witty, funny, funny like nobody you’ve ever met,” he said. “She was warm, she was incredibly bright, she was technologically incredibly savvy. She could figure out anything.”


Mauser said both he and his wife were close with Bryant, who also died in the helicopter crash at age 41.

“He saw what an amazing mind [Christina] had for basketball,” Mauser said. “She was an amazing mind of defense for basketball, so he brought her on. They called her the mother of defense, ‘MOD.'”


Bryant shared a photo with Mauser and the team members on Instagram in August.

Mauser confirmed on Facebook that his wife was a victim of the crash shortly after the accident occurred on Sunday. “My kids and I are devastated. 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,” his post reads.

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Novak Djokovic weep ..


Serbian tennis great Novak Djokovic broke down in tears on Tuesday as he paid tribute to late basketball star Kobe Bryant, describing him as a “mentor” and a “friend” for the past 10 years.

Djokovic, speaking after his Australian Open quarter-final win against Milos Raonic, said it was “heartbreaking” to hear about Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others.

“He was one of the greatest athletes of all time, he inspired myself and many other people around the world,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview at Rod Laver Arena, wearing a tracksuit with the initials KB.


“I had the fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the past 10 years. When I needed some advice and some support he was there for me.

“He was my mentor, my friend and it’s just heartbreaking to see and to hear what has happened to him and his daughter,” Djokovic said, before breaking off to compose himself.

Djokovic and many other legends of tennis, including Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, have voiced their grief over the death of the former LA Lakers shooting guard, regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in history.

On Monday, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios arrived for his quarter-final wearing a Lakers shirt, and American doubles pair Coco Gauff and Caty McNally had tributes to Bryant scrawled on their trainers.


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I would have played basketball because of Kobe – Burna boy mourn ..


Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has joined the plethora of Nigerian celebrities to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

Burna took to the gram just like his colleagues to celebrate the life of the late legend.


The singer revealed that the late music legend was an inspiration to him. Burna also added that if he hadn’t gone into music, he would have been a professional basket baller all because of Kobe

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who/what we spend it on” I always say, if I wasn’t doing music I would have played basketball, and it’s all because of Kobe! We’ve lost a legend and our hearts are breaking! Sending prayers up for his wife and kids #ripkobeandgianna


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BBNaija: Khloe lambasted Nigerians mourning Bryant’s death ..


Controversial reality star, Khloe, has lambasted Nigerian fans who are mourning Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday January 26th.

Khloe, in a post shared on her Instastories, called Nigerians hypocrites and berated them for not showing the same empathy to compatriots when the need arises.


Part of her post reads ;

Hypocrites,

Instead of working on your own legacy, helping people, impacting in your own society, you are here posting Kobe


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Oscar dies in helicopter crash with Bryant ..


The basketball legend and one of his daughters were aboard his private helicopter over Calabasas when it crashed Sunday.
Kobe Bryant, who starred for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships, died Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41.

The basketball icon and 2018 Oscar winner and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were aboard his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas, California, about 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.


Nine people, including the pilot, died in the accident, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. He would not name any of those killed. “At this point in time we have nothing that we can add until the coroner does her job,” he said.

However, Orange Coast College assistant baseball coach Ron La Ruffa told the Orange County Register that John Altobelli, the team’s coach of more than two decades, was among those who perished. Also killed were Altobelli’s wife, Keri, and one of their daughters, Alyssa, according to CNN. Alyssa, 13, and Gianni played basketball together.


Another victim was youth basketball coach Christina Mauser, according to the Register. Sarah Chester and her middle school aged daughter Payton were on also on board, CNN reports. The Times identified the pilot as Ara Zobayan, who regularly flew for Bryant.

Deputies responded to a 911 call about the crash on a foggy morning near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street at 9:47 a.m., Daryl Osby, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said. The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B built in 1991, departed John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9:06 a.m. Sunday, the Times noted, citing publicly available flight records.


The crash, which triggered a brushfire on a hillside, is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. During an evening news conference, Villanueva said that the FAA was joining the NTSB investigating the accident. He added that the condition and location of the crash site meant that it would be days before there were any clues as to the cause of the crash.

ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, quoting sources, wrote on Twitter that “Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.”


Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks was holding a basketball tournament on Sunday. It was canceled.

While the cause of the crash is unknown, the L.A. Police Department and the county sheriff’s department grounded their helicopters due to weather conditions at the time.


During his playing career, Bryant regularly took a helicopter to Lakers games from his Orange County home in the Newport Coast community.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside Staples Center, site of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and home of the Lakers, to pay tribute to the superstar. “We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” Grammy host Alicia Keys said at the start of the telecast.


And DeAnza Park in Calabasas was designated as a mourning site where fans could leave flowers and pay respects to the crash victims.

ABC announced a primetime special about Bryant on Sunday, set to air later in the night, called Kobe Bryant: The Legend, hosted by Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan and ESPN and ABC News’ Tom Rinaldi.


Bryant won the best animated short Oscar for his five-minute autobiographical film Dear Basketball. He wrote, executive produced and lent his voice to the project.

“I don’t know if it’s possible — I mean, as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” he said in his Oscar acceptance speech. “I’m glad we do a little bit more than that. Thank you Academy for this amazing honor. Thank you John Williams for such a wonderful piece of music. Thank you Verizon for believing in the film. Thank you Mali Carter, without you we wouldn’t be here. And to my wife, Vanessa, our daughters, Natalia, Gianna and Bianka, ti amo con tutto il mio cuore [I love you with all my heart]. You are my inspiration. Thank you so much, guys.”


Bryant and his wife had a fourth daughter, Capri, in June.

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Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas.
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg in a 2017 Awards Chatter podcast what he would have done had he not played basketball, Bryant said: “I’d be writing stories. Storytelling is something that’s just a part of me, something that I love every bit as much as I’ve ever loved basketball, which I’m very fortunate to be able to say.”


Bryant most recently served as an executive producer on the ESPN+ series Detail, a deep, analytical dive into the sport he loved.

A five-time NBA champion — with Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and then in 2009 and 2010 — and 18-time All-Star, Bryant is the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378). He became the first player to spend at least 20 seasons with one franchise and retired in 2016 with an emotional 60-point performance in his farewell game against Utah.


One of the most tenacious and clutch players in NBA history, the 6-foot-6 Bryant — who gave himself the nickname “Black Mamba” — scored 81 points in a game in 2006. He was selected the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2008 and named MVP of the NBA Finals in 2009 and ’10. His uniform numbers 8 and 24 have been retired by the Lakers.

On Saturday, current Lakers star LeBron James passed Bryant to become the No. 3 scorer in NBA history. The game took place in Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia.


“It’s not supposed to make sense, but it just happens,” James told reporters after the game. “And I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”

(‘Dear Basketball’)
Born on Aug. 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Bryant was the only son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. He spent many years in Italy as a youngster when his dad played professionally in that country after leaving the NBA, and he was fluent in Italian (and Spanish, too).


A sensation at Lower Merion High School outside Philadelphia, Bryant decided to bypass college and go directly to the NBA. At age 17, he was made the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who then traded him to Los Angeles for center Vlade Divac in a deal that was engineered by another Lakers legend, Jerry West, then the team’s general manager.

“Particularly when he was young, to be a part of his life and to watch his career grow, watch him grow, this is one of the most tragic days of my life,” West told the Times.


“He was an incredible athlete and a leader,” Lakers great and THR columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “He inspired a whole generation of young athletes.”

Added NBA commissioner Adam Silver: “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. … He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to star it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”


He earned gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

In July 2003, Bryant was arrested in Eagle, Colorado, on charges of sexual assault. A 19-year-old hotel employee accused him of rape, telling authorities she was assaulted by him while he was staying at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera awaiting surgery.


Bryant admitted he and the accuser did have relations but claimed it was consensual. He also made a public apology to his wife. The criminal case was dropped after Bryant’s accuser refused to testify, but a civil suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. Part of the suit involved Bryant’s apology, although he never admitted fault.

On the origin of Black Mamba, Bryant told Feinberg: “There was a lot of things going on personally with the situation going on in Colorado and flying back and forth for games and trying to hold my family together as well. It just felt like the game, which was always like a safe haven for me, was being compromised as well.

“I needed to create some sort of an alter ego, just for myself, so when I step out on the court I’m somebody different, not the person that was sitting in a courthouse. I’m somebody different. And it helped me for my sanity. And then it just turned into something more.”

He and Vanessa married in April 2001, and they had Natalia in January 2003, Gianna in May 2006, Bianka in December 2016 and Capri seven months ago.


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Update: O’Neal’s son shared Bryant’s last message ..


American basketballer Shareef O’Neal, who is Shaquille O’Neal’s son, has shared the message Kobe Bryant sent to him on the morning he died alongside his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Son, Shareef Shares The Last Message Kobe Bryant Sent Him Before He Died

At 8:19am, Kobe reached out to Shareef, writing, “You good fam?”


Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant never replied till his death.

Shaquille O’Neal’s Son, Shareef Shares The Last Message Kobe Bryant Sent Him Before He Died

At about 9:40am on the same day, Kobe’s chopper crashed, killing him and his daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.

Shareef, whose father Shaquille was teammates with Kobe, has dedicated his Twitter account to remembering the late legend and his daughter Gigi


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Neymar Jr. dedicated his second goal against Lille FC to Kobe Bryant ..


Neymar dedicated his second goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win at Lille on Sunday to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, whose death on Sunday in a helicopter crash shocked the world.

The Brazilian slotted home the 52nd-minute penalty that put PSG two goals up in the French Ligue 1 clash and went over to the television cameras by the side of the Stade Pierre Mauro pitch to make the number 24 with his fingers in honour of Bryant’s shirt number.

“It’s deeply saddening for the world of sport and for all of us,” said Neymar to Canal+ after the win, which put PSG 10 points clear at the top of the league.


“Not just for basketball fans, but for everything he did for the sport.”

Bryant, who had been nominated for the NBA Hall of Fame in December, was confirmed dead at 41 years old on Sunday after a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, leaving five people dead.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a rugged hillside in Calabasas, west of LA.

In an email, Mayor of Calabasas Alicia Weintraub confirmed Bryant was among the victims.

“Yes, it is confirmed,” Weintraub wrote.


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DJ khaled, John Legend, others pay tributes to Nipsey & Bryant ..


The Grammys lined up a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle nearly a year after his shooting death in March of last year. Tragically, his tribute would find itself making room for two as he was ultimately projected alongside Kobe Bryant after the basketball legend passed away earlier in the day.

YG and Roddy Ricch found themselves among collaborators Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend and gospel mainstay Kirk Franklin as they led an emotional rendition of Khaled’s “Higher” featuring Legend and Nip before the crowd gathered inside of the Staples Center.


Earlier in the evening, Nipsey Hussle earned his very first Grammy after posthumously winning the prize for Best Rap Performance for his “Racks In The middle” track. His family, including Lauren London, his grandmother, his brother, daughter, and sister all accepted the award on Hussle’s behalf. As for Kobe, host Alicia Keys called on Boyz II Men for an impromptu performance of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” before displaying his No. 8 and No. 24 Lakers jerseys above the crowd.


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Kobe Bryant’s death: Toke Makinwa respond to criticizers..


A great number of people all over the world have put up posts to mourn NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the other people who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

However, some critics opposed the overwhelming show of pain, especially coming from those who never knew him personally and who didn’t celebrate him while he was alive. They accused those mourning him of hypocrisy and trying to do things because it’s trending.


Responding, Toke Makinwa, wrote: “Before you criticize people for mourning a legend they haven’t met or paying their respect to Kobe, before you comment foolishly, think about your life, your work, your message to the world and hope that when it’s your turn to go the world will feel your departure.”


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How rockets react to Kobe Bryant’s death..


Just before the Rockets tipped off in Denver on Sunday, the team got news that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people, were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

After the Rockets lost to the Nuggets, players and head coach Mike D’Antoni were asked about the news.


Here’s what they said:

AUSTIN RIVERS
You know, he’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game and more importantly, just from what he’s meant for the youth basketball and in sports. I’ve got to be honest, I’m a competitor and obviously we cared about losing tonight. But I got to be honest with you, it just wasn’t on my mind when we lost the game. I go back to reality and the facts are we lost somebody that meant so much to all of us. And then you hear about his daughter, as a father. I have said many prayers for that family and I will continue to do so. It looked like he was the happiest he’s ever been. After basketball, he and Gigi’s relationship was, I mean, everybody saw it. That’s all he posted about. And this was tough, I don’t know how we played today. I would start thinking about the game and then it would just snap back into my mind. I don’t get to play tomorrow and I’m sure Utah would do a tribute and at this pain is not going away any time soon. You don’t have to be a basketball fan to feel this the most competitive athletes, iconic athletes. And honestly, to be completely honest, more so as a father, what he’s meant to that family. Vanessa and the kids and may he rest in peace. This is, this is tough.


ERIC GORDON
I mean, this is devastating. And this one hurt to the core, to hear news like that before the game. It was tough to stay focused, it was, I mean, it was tough. It was I mean, it’s just tough to hear news like that before the game. Guy, you admire how you looked up to. And, you know, I just wish all the families they know they need all the support that they can get. I mean, all the support they get. That’s just the toughest. So devastated. That’s the toughest thing you could ever deal with. We even had the same agent, and talked to him as I was a rookie and worked out with him a few times and like I knew his family. So. You know, the best thing you know, after basketball, he’s showing that he was being a dad and being with his family. You know, his girls were playing basketball and so he was doing the things that he’s supposed to do. And for us to hear this news is. I’m telling you it hurts to the core.

MIKE D’ANTONI
Yeah, and I was pretty somber. It was before the game, you know, with devastating news is just as shook. A lot. Um, you know, obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and Vanessa and the kids and just an unbelievable tragedy. Well, I mean, it’s just like with everybody. He’s one of the greatest players ever. An unbelievable competitor. I earned everything, every accolade he got, he earned. He just kept coming at you. There won’t be many like him, that’s for sure.


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Check out some of Bryant’s Grammy honors you might have miss..


The Grammy Awards have included plenty of sincere and big tributes to Kobe Bryant on the day of the NBA star’s death, but there were many more subtle ones too.

Billy Ray Cyrus’ guitar had “#24,” Bryant’s number, on his guitar and Lil Nas X had a Bryant jersey draped over a chair at the beginning of their performance of “Old Town Road” during the Grammys on Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the arena where Bryant played most of his career.

Run-DMC member Joseph “Run” Simmons” held up a white Bryant Jersey during their performance of “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith.

And Lizzo, who dedicated the show to Bryant when she opened it with a performance, accepted the Grammy for best pop solo performance without invoking his name. She simply said that today she realized that after being lost in her own problems all week, she realized that “in an instant all of that can go away.”

Throughout the evening, the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys belonging to Bryant were illuminated as they hung inside the Staples Center.

A tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle also included tribute to Bryant. The tribute performance ended with DJ Khaled shouting out the names of Hussle along with those of Kobe Bryant and Bryant’s daughter Gianna.

Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men had everyone in tears right at the start of the Grammys with their tribute to Kobe Bryant.

The 41-year-old Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles earlier Sunday.


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{Videos} Former Baseball captain, wife and daughter died together with Kobe in the helicopter..


Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash in California Sunday. We’ve also learned that a baseball coach, who played his college ball in Houston was also on that chopper.

Orange Coast College confirmed to the Orange County Register that John Altobelli was killed in the crash. Altobelli’s brother, Tony, is the sports information director at the school. He said his 56-year-old brother died along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, who was about 13 and played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, the Associated Press reports.

According to the school’s website, Altobelli was in his 24th season there, which was longer than any other coach in school history.


As a player, Altobelli was an outfielder and two-year starter at the University of Houston in the 1980s. He was also a team captain. Altobelli earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from UH and was also a graduate assistant at the school. He came to Houston after stints at Newport Harbor and Golden West College in the 80s.

Altobelli played one year of professional baseball with the Miami Marlins of the Florida State League.


Statement from University of Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman
“The Houston Athletics family is saddened today by the passing of John Altobelli. John served as a team captain for our baseball program during his time as a student-athlete at UH and worked tirelessly as a coach at Orange Coast College for the last 28 years, developing many players that had the opportunity to play for our university. Our thoughts and prayers will be with John’s family in the days ahead.”

Orange Coast College released a statement on the passing of Altobelli. It is below.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years.


John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball,” says Coast Athletic Director Jason Kehler. “He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach. The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none – he treated them like family. Our deepest condolences go out to the Altobelli family during this time of tragedy.”

Altobelli led the Pirates to numerous conference and state championship titles, notching more than 700 wins during his career and four state championships. In 2019, he was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association as an ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year, a testament to his incredible work ethic and passion for the game. “Coach Alto” was a mentor to his players, often playing a key role in positioning student athletes to obtain scholarships to play at the four-year level.


“We have lost a member of our OCC family, and our hearts are broken,” says OCC President Angelica Suarez. “Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus – a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”

Orange Coast College asks the media and the public to respect the privacy of John’s family and friends during this difficult time. All media inquiries should be directed to Juan Gutierrez at (714) 432-5725 or jgutierrez@occ.cccd.edu”

We’re working to learn more about Altobelli and will post it here when we know it.


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African sport men and women pays tribute to Kobe Bryant..


African sportsmen and women have shared their tributes after the death of US basketball player Kobe Bryant.

The retired LA Lakers player died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, aged 41.


His daughter Gianna was among other passengers on the plane who died in the crash.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s basketball player Bismack Biyombo tweeted:


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Kim Kardashian reacts to Kobe, Gianna’s death says ‘I cry’..


Kim Kardashian has reacted to the death of Basketball Legend, Kobe Bryant.

Kobe on Sunday, died after the helicopter he was traveling on, crashed in Calabasas, California.

The Basketball Legend who was aged 41, died alongside his daughter, Gianna, 13 and 7 others.

Kim Kardashian, 39, wrote in a message that her ‘heart is so heavy’ she couldn’t ‘imagine’ what Vanessa, wife to Kobe Bryant is going through.

The mother of four posting on her Twitter and Instagram accounts: “My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it.”


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