Kobe Bryant’s untimely demise certainly caught the world by a surprise as the NBA star was mourned by many worldwide. Bryant was a favorite on and off the field as he left the NBA voluntarily on April 13th, 2016 having scored 60 points – More than any other player in a game that season. He secured a win against the Utah Jazz as the legendary Basketball player drew the curtains over his 20-year-old career.
Bryant’s death was mourned by many which simply cemented the immense legacy that he left behind. On the field, Bryant will always be remembered as one of the greatest as he won five championships, two NBA Finals MVP’s and two Olympic Gold Medals as he finished fourth in career scoring, only to be surpassed by the current Lakers captain LeBron James on Saturday.
Off the court, Bryant was many things as he switched between Italian, Spanish and the English, a doting father to his four daughters, an immense soccer fan of Barcelona and AC Milan, a champion for women’s sport and as an inspiration for younger budding players who lovingly nicknamed him “Black Mamba”.
However, like most the greats out there, his sexual assault charge from the 2003 incident in Colorado which was later dropped and settled in a civil suit out of court does put a few hitches in an otherwise seamless legacy. No matter whether the allegations leveled against Bryant were true or a cash grab, Bryant lost millions of dollars in endorsement deals and faced severe backlash from his fellow competitors.
Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California killing nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gina. The helicopter soared to over 2,000 feet before falling to its final landing. The latest reports suggest that Bryant’s body was discovered from the crash, as fingerprint analysis later conferred.