Who Was in The Helicopter with Kobe Bryant When He Died?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant

It’s been over 24 hours and persons are nonetheless having a tough time believing that Kobe Bryant is basically gone. On Sunday, information broke that Bryant and his daughter, Gianna had been concerned in a horrific helicopter crash that killed all 9 folks on board.

Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant | Harry How/Getty Images

During some media retailers’ rush to cowl the story, there was plenty of incorrect data swirling round. The greatest factor that websites had conflicting details about was who was really on board the helicopter. Now, the names of the 9 victims have been launched.

What occurred to Kobe Bryant?

On Jan. 26, Bryant was touring to the Mamba Academy close to Thousand Oaks, California when the crash occurred. At 9:47 am, police have been known as to the scene of a helicopter and bushfire. When first responders arrived eight minutes later, the hearth was nonetheless going. It took them an hour to place out the entire flames.

Who was onboard?

Nine folks died within the helicopter crash. Bryant, alongside together with his daughter, have been the primary two victims to be named. In addition, Alyssa Altobelli, one in every of Gianna’s teammates, was additionally within the helicopter along with her dad and mom, Keri and John Altobelli. John was a baseball coach at Orange Coast College. The Altobellis go away behind one other daughter and son, Alexis and J.J.

“He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach,” Orange Coast College’s athletic director, Jason Kehler, stated of John in an announcement. “The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none — he treated them like family.”

Christina Mauser, an assistant coach at Harbor Day School, was additionally onboard. She had labored with Bryant beforehand on a clinic for WNBA gamers. Her husband gave a public assertion about her passing.

“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 wishes they mean so much,” Matt Mauser wrote on Facebook. 

Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton Chester, have been additionally killed within the crash.

“While the world mourns the loss of a dynamic athlete and humanitarian, I mourn the loss of two people just as important,” Todd Schmidt, the principal of the elementary college that Payton attended wrote, based on the New York Times. “Their impact was just as meaningful, their loss will be just as keenly felt, and our hearts are just as broken.”

The pilot, Ara Zobayan, was one of many final names to be launched. Zobayan was a business helicopter pilot and authorized flight teacher. He had been flying in Southern California for 20 years on the time of the crash.

Basketball gamers mourn Kobe Bryant

While the world is mourning the lack of Bryant, those that knew him personally are experiencing grief on a complete different degree.

“There are no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my neice Gigi & my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you and you will be missed,” former Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O’ Neal wrote on Instagram. “My condolences go out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW!”

Dwyane Wade additionally despatched his condolences.

“RIP Kobe + GiGi ❤️💔 I do know you stated hold going however today we are able to’t,
he wrote. “We love you and we’re gonna miss you brother.”

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