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Bryant Was on His Way to Coach Daughter's Team

Crowds flock to California crash site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2020 5:29 AM CST
Updated Jan 27, 2020 6:33 AM CST
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People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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(Newser) – The world has lost Kobe Bryant's heir apparent as well as the NBA legend himself. Gianna Bryant, 13, was among nine people killed in Sunday morning's helicopter crash in California. Gianna, a keen basketball player who hoped to someday play in the WNBA, was the second of Bryant's four daughters. The father and daughter were on their way to Thousand Oaks, where Bryant was going to coach Gianna's team, the Lady Mavericks, CNN reports. In a 2018 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bryant said sometimes when he was with Gianna, fans would tell him he had to have a son "to carry on your tradition, the legacy." "She's like, 'Oy, I got this," Bryant told Kimmel. "I'm like that's right," Bryant said. "Yes, you do, you got this." More:

  • Foggy conditions. The cause of the crash in rugged terrain outside Los Angeles is still unclear, but authorities say conditions were foggy enough for police helicopters to be grounded, the AP reports. The helicopter was descending at a rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute when it crashed into a hillside, according to flight data. Analysts believe bad weather is a far more likely cause than engine failure or other mechanical issues with the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which took off from Irvine around 30 minutes before the crash.

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