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Entertainment Kobe Bryant Mourned by Sports Community, Hollywood on the Anniversary of His Death

00:04  27 january  2021
00:04  27 january  2021 Source:   thewrap.com

Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragedy: How Lakers and NBA have struggled to cope with losing an icon

  Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragedy: How Lakers and NBA have struggled to cope with losing an icon The Los Angeles Lakers anticipate shedding more tears and feeling more grief during the one-year anniversary of Kobe and Gianna Bryant's passing.Gary Vitti, the Los Angeles Lakers’ former longtime head athletic trainer, often heard helicopters and airplanes fly over his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. because of its proximity to the city’s airports. He never thought much about it.

Kobe Bryant wearing a hat © TheWrap Kobe Bryant

On the one-year anniversary of the helicopter accident that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, the world is once again mourning.

Several celebrities and athletes posted social media tributes on Tuesday to honor the NBA icon's life and legacy. Among them was Bryant's former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Pau Gasol, who shared a lengthy letter addressed to his late friend.

"I miss you, hermano… not a day goes by that you are not present in what I do. Your spirit, your drive, your ambition, your love… continues to shine in my life and in many others," Gasol wrote. "I hope you and Gigi are smiling down seeing how strong, sweet and amazing your girls are… they are growing so fast brother. I wish you could've met our little Elisabeth Gianna. We will make sure she knows where her middle name comes from… how extraordinary, loving and inspiring her cousin Gigi and her uncle Kobe were."

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  Camp Kobe: How Kobe Bryant taught NBA players the Mamba way Some of the NBA's brightest stars attended Kobe Bryant's Mamba Academy Camp, including Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Tobias Harris.Atlanta’s John Collins knew of Kobe Bryant, obviously, but wasn’t sure Bryant knew who he was.

Magic Johnson, another of Bryant's former teammates, tweeted a photo of them together and wrote, "Kobe will always be my Lakers brother for life."

Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and Kerry Washington were among the other stars who marked the anniversary of Bryant's untimely death. See those tributes and more below.

Vanessa Bryant Says ‘I Will Never Understand Why This Tragedy Happened’ On 1-Year Anniversary Of Kobe And Gianna Bryant’s Deaths .
Vanessa Bryant marks the first anniversary of the tragic deaths of her husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna, sharing a moving letter from one of the 13-year-old’s best friends. On Jan. 26, 2020, Gigi and her dad Kobe died in a tragic helicopter crash. Vanessa shared the letter she’d received from Gigi’s friend AubreyOn Jan. 26, 2020, Gigi and her dad Kobe died in a tragic helicopter crash.

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