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RIP Kobe Bryant: Fans mourn loss of Los Angeles Lakers legend one year later

Sports fans across the world honor the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, one year after the tragic helicopter crash that ended their lives

In this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. Dozens of athletes in recent weeks have responded to confrontations between authorities and black citizens in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere by wearing T-shirts bearing such statements as “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles.
Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Fans across the world mourned Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, Tuesday on the one-year anniversary of their tragic death.

  • Kobe and Gianna passed away in a horrific helicopter crash, which killed seven others, including the helicopter’s pilot, in California last year. The helicopter crashed as the families traveled to a basketball sporting event.
  • Kobe Bryant’s death sent shockwaves through the sports community.

On Tuesday, people shared their thoughts on Kobe Bryant’s tragic death on social media, honoring the legend with new photos, posts and pictures of the Los Angeles Lakers legend.

Will the NBA share tributes to Kobe Bryant?

The NBA is unlikely to pay major tribute to Kobe Bryant in 2021. KRON4’s Jason Dumas shared on Twitter that Kobe Bryant’s family has asked the NBA to avoid any official tributes this year.

  • “If you notice, a lack of official tributes from organizations and the #NBA this week for Kobe Bryant, it is because his family has asked that teams do not do tributes this year,” he wrote.