[WATCH] Kobe Bryant: Remembered On and Off the Court

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 02: (Editors Note: Image has been converted to black and white) Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Verizon Center on December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


The sudden death of basketball player, Kobe Bryant, has the world stunned.

Bryant, 41, was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Media reports first announced that there were 5 victims in the crash, but now have confirmed that 9 have perished, including Bryant’s daughter, Gianna 13, the pilot Ara Zobayan, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, who played on the same club team as Gianna, also were killed. Mamba girls’ basketball team top coach, Christina Mauser, as well as a mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, also died in the crash.

The cause of the crash is being federally investigated.

Watch “ESPN Senior Writer Ramona Shelburne describes her friendship with Bryant and says his post-basketball career focused on his family and kids”:


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