Entertainment Kobe Bryant Mourned by Sports Community, Hollywood on the Anniversary of His Death
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.
On the one-year anniversary ofthat 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 aaddressed 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."
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,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.
Thinking of the Bryant Family and all of the families who lost their loved ones one year ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Today and every day.
- kerry washington (@kerrywashington)
Can't believe it's been a year since we lost. Celebrating his life today, and feeling grateful to have known him. pic.twitter.com/GAUXTNlx54
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- jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon)
Kobe will always be mybrother for life. pic.twitter.com/7WC9x6h4Dl
- Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
I can't believe we it's been a year since we lost you. MAMBA FOREVER.
- Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake)
We all miss you Kobe
- Ice Cube (@icecube)
- AC Milan (@acmilan)
Man what a joyful ride it was to cover Kobe for 20 years. Then got to cherish this moment after his final game as a Laker. Dude dropped 60! 60! 60! Thanks for sharing with us. RIP. pic.twitter.com/GNQCVGUi1M
- Brad Turner (@BA_Turner)
The last time I saw Kobe Bryant, it was the happiest I had ever seen him.
- Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith)
Kobe Bryant († 41): Fraudsters claim: He had cancer! Now widow Vanessa strikes back
Vanessa Bryant (38), widow of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant († 41), had to be very strong in the past few months. January 26, 2020 marked the anniversary of the death of her husband and their daughter Gianna († 13) for the first time. The two had died in a tragic helicopter accident near Los Angeles. © Getty Images / Robyn Beck Vanessa and Kobe Bryant You can find out more in the video above.
- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona)
We all miss the Great Kobe Bryant and his legacy will continue to live within all of us, but also make sure we Pray for Vanessa and her family and all the families that lost love ones on this day last year.
- Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins)
We miss you Kobe and Gigi
- Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston)
Kobe Bryant will forever be the reason why baseball players think they're also basketball players. Thank you for the legacy you left behind, Kobe. You are missed!
- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage)
I'm going to remember Kobe dropping 81 on Toronto. I'm going to remember Kobe dropping 60 in his last game. I'm going to remember Kobe dropping 62 in 3 quarters against the Mavs. I'm going to remember the virtuoso performances when you needed Kobe the most
- shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe)
Today, we mourn the loss of Kobe and Gigi Bryant and all the lives lost on this day last year in a tragic helicopter accident. We send love and light to their families. They may be gone but they will never be forgotten.
- COMMON (@common)
Mamba forever pic.twitter.com/2r31JCTIvv
- ESPN (@espn)
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.