Many stars have paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, who passed away in a tragic helicopter accident one year ago today.
The crash, which shocked the world and was just the start of a dismal year, also claimed the lives of seven others: John Altobelli, an Orange Coast College baseball coach; Keri Altobelli, his wife; Alyssa Altobelli, their daughter; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy; Payton Chester, a player on the Academy’s team, Sarah Chester, her mother; and Ara Zobayan, the pilot.
Alex Rodriguez was one of the first.
“I can’t believe it’s been one year since we experienced the tragic loss of my brother, my friend, Kobe Bryant. It still doesn’t feel real. Kobe was so much more than just a basketball player and he was destined for even more greatness. His journey was truly just beginning and it still hurts so much thinking about how much good he had left to do,” he wrote. “I miss our conversations. I miss texting about family, business, sports and music. I miss him.
Alex continued, “I’m also thinking about GiGi and her tragic loss, along with the other passengers on the plane. To all the families and friends who were affected by this tragedy, we are all thinking of you. Today, and really everyday, remember that our time is short. Hug your loved ones. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Work hard and remember to smile. RIP, Kobe. Love you, Mamba.”
Many fans have also paid tribute to the Lakers star and his daughter by messages online and visiting the many murals located around Los Angeles. You can see just a handful of them in the gallery below.
Be sure to read the tribute that Vanessa Bryant, wife and mom to the fallen, wrote on the anniversary.
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