By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were laid to rest this past Friday, according to Fox 11 Los Angeles in a private ceremony. Bryant, his daughter, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday, Jan. 26th.
They were laid to rest on the same day that the National Transportation Safety Board releases its preliminary investigation. It is going to be one year before the entire investigation is released.
The NTSB said that there was no engine failure that led to the crash. Pilot Ara Zobayan was dealing with a foggy conditions when the helicopter crashed into a hillside.
According to his death certificate, Bryant spent 24 years in the entertainment industry. Also, his occupation was listed as an author, producer, and athlete.
The death certificate also lists that he died in a commercial helicopter crash. And it also lists blunt force trauma as the cause of death
The Bryant’s are buried at the Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona Del Mar, California, the death certificate says.
The nine individuals were on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Gianna’s team was playing in travel basketball tournament at the facility that weekend.
Gianna and two of her teammates were killed in the crash. Her two teammates were Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester.
Others killed in the crash were John & Keri Altobelli, the parents of Alyssa. Sarah Chester, the mother of Payton Chester, and Christina Mauser, who was an assistant coach of the Mamba’s team, who also was a youth basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar.
The death of Bryant shook the sports world. It has caused the entire Los Angeles, California area to mourn, as he played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
There have been memorials for Bryant all over the world.
There will be a public memorial for Bryant on Monday, February 24th at 10 am at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant played much of his career at the facility and would often fly in to practice and games.
The date corresponds with Bryant and Gianna’s numbers. Gianna wore No. 2, which would mean February, and Bryant were 24 for part of his career after the switch from 8. This would mean the 24th day in February.