Nine lost in Bryant helicopter crash were dead on impact

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

According to Kron4, all nine individuals, who lost their lives in the helicopter crash that claimed the life of basketball icon Kobe Bryant, died from blunt trauma. Their deaths have also been ruled as “accidental,” according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner. 

The Medical Examiner completed autopsies on the nine individuals this week. All nine were aboard a helicopter that Bryant rented that crashed in a hill in Calabasas, California on Sunday, Jan. 26. 

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They were dead on impact, according to the story. Also, according to the post, the helicopter burned for approximately an hour before the first responders were able to reach the air craft. 

Besides Bryant, also on board was his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Family members John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa perished in the crash. 

Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester also were killed. Christina Mauser, who assisted Bryant on the Mamba girls team that featured Gianna, Alyssa and Payton, lost her life in the crash. 

Pilot Ara Zobayan was also killed. Zobayan was flying in foggy conditions before the accident happened.

This news was released on Friday, as the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing to play in their first game since Bryant’s death. The Lakers were defeated 127-119 by the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The Lakers celebrated the life of Bryant before the game. Los Angeles had a 20-minute pre-game ceremony that concluded with LeBron James speaking to the crowd. 

At halftime, the team also had a halftime performance by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, who performed their hit song, “See You Again.”

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