NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Lost in A Tragic Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant RIP

Kobe Bryant’s Life After Basketball… Still Winning

Many professional athletes, particularly those few with the number of accolades as Bryant, have a hard time adjusting to life after retiring. This wasn’t the case for Kobe. Aside from coaching his daughter’s Mamba team, he also created a fantasy novel along with Wesley King called The Wizenard Series. Most notably he chaired a thriving multimedia company, Granity Studios. Through this company he produced Dear Basketball, his love letter to the sport. That resulted in the NBA champion hoisting a new kind of trophy, an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Bryant was sitting courtside at last night’s Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers for a special occasion. His one-time rival and now fellow Laker, Lebron James, surpassed Bryant on the all-time scoring list moving into Bryant’s 3rd place spot. Which makes the timing of his death even harder for NBA fans to swallow. In his final tweet, he passed the baton by saying, “Continuing to move the game forward. Much respect my brother,” and included the hashtag of the scoring accomplishment.

Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant are survived by his wife Vanessa and her three children Natalia, Bianca, and Capri, along with his parents, Joe and Pam.

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Braxter Timberlake

Braxter Timberlake

Braxter Timberlake was born in New York and raised in California. He’s a graduate of UC Berkeley and the School of Hard Knocks and is always in search of the next adventure. The daring writer and editor of The Illuminerdi is also a veteran of film and television production, with an unquenchable thirst for stories, whether on the comic page, video game console, or small, medium, or the big screen. After years of expeditions in search of K’un-Lun and Wakanda, he now spends his time investigating all things geek and shares his spoilery findings with anyone with open ears. Aside from on the internet, he can be found on the basketball court, hiking with his dog, or at a screening near you.