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BREAKING NEWS: KOBE BRYANT DIES IN HELICOPTER CRASH

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Just north of Topanga canyon in LA.  I know exactly where that copter went down.  Lots of fog there today.

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48 minutes ago, Matt39 said:

ABC just reported his daughters were on board too. Holy hell. 

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12:35 PM PT -- Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria Onore -- aka GiGi -- was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash ... reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.

We're told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.

 

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4 minutes ago, Pac said:

This is terrible.  Lost my brother when he was in his early 40's.  He left 2 kids behind.  It's been 4 years and thank god the kids are doing well but the shock and sadness take a long time to overcome.   Still think about him almost daily.

Kind of welled up when I heard about this..  brought me back to that day.  God bless the family he leaves behind.

 

 

Sorry to hear that, man.  Never knew.

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Just now, Thai Jet said:

Another player and her parent were 2 of the 3 others. I'm thinking the pilot was the 5th.

That's most likely the case.

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It may have been Altobelli's daughter, Alyssa, who is around 14 years old that was the teammate of Gigi, also on the helicopter.

Just horrible.

 

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Reaction from everywhere and Magic calling Kobe the greatest Laker of all time.

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Heard an interesting analogy trying to put in perspective for those outside Los Angeles what this kind of loss feels like.  "Imagine as a lifelong New Yorker and Yankees fan you woke up today and found out Derek Jeter had been killed in a car accident.  That's what kind of shock this is."

First, thanks to @The Crusher for opening this again.  I wasn't really a Kobe fan, in fact...I pretty much disliked the guy most of his career but I had huge respect for his competitiveness and drive.  He's on the same level with guys like Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, etc.  There was a different kind of fire that burned inside that guy.

We're hearing stories now about his "second act" and how happy, fulfilled and giving he was becoming in his post-NBA life.  It sucks to see someone struck down in his prime.....and that's what I really think this was, Kobe was heading into his prime as a father, as an entrepreneur, as a human being.  I think he was trying to make his second act even better than the years he spent throwing a ball through a hoop.

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15 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Lakers-Clippers game tonight has been Postponed.  No surprise there.  That org/city needs at least a day or 2 to recover from the shock.  

As sad as I am for the loss of Kobe I'm even more sad for those three 13-year old girls that were lost.  Just terrible.  And it was preventable too.  No way that chopper should have taken off in the weather that was reported in the area.

LAPD wasn't flying that morning.  The cloud ceiling and visibility didn't meet the requirements for them to put their two helicopters in the air that day.  This does look avoidable unfortunately.  The pilot was well-respected and competent, not just as a pilot but as an instructor as well.  I don't know if there was pressure on him to make the flight against his better judgement or what, but this is just a complete tragedy and a reminder to always err on the side of caution.

Lots of families and communities hurting from this, not just because of the Bryants.  I work south of LA often, in the Long Beach and Orange County areas.  There a lots of small, close knit communities down there and the loss of the Mausers and Altobellis will be felt for a long time.  Those people were very involved in schools, sports and their communities.  The loss of those 3 girls is even more tragic and will leave scars on their friends, classmates and teammates forever.

 

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