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Kobe Bryant And Daughter Gianna Die In A Helicopter Crash—The 2020 Grammy Awards Opens With A Tribute To The NBA Legend

"Tonight is for you, Kobe," American singer-songwriter Lizzo says at the opening ceremony of the awards show

We woke up to a very sad news: one of the greatest basketball players of all time, 41-year-old NBA legend Kobe Bryant, has passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. What is breaking the hearts of people the world over even more is the fact that Kobe’s daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, died in the accident as well. There was a total of nine passengers in the helicopter, including the pilot, and no one survived the crash.

The helicopter, owned by Kobe, reportedly took off at 9:06 a.m. local time from Santa Ana/John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. It crashed at 9:47 a.m. in Calabasas. Foggy weather conditions in the area at the time are believed to have caused the crash.

Kobe and Gianna were on their way to his Mamba Sports Academy for a basketball game when their helicopter crashed. Gianna was supposed to participate in the game, with her father serving as her coach.

Fans of Kobe rushed to the site of the crash to give tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers player. With the Staples Center serving as the venue of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards that took place on the same day of the accident, a memorial was held at the arena to remember the iconic athlete; the Grammys opening was dedicated to Kobe as well, with American singer-songwriter Lizzo remarking "Tonight is for you, Kobe" as she sang the ballad "Cuz I Love You" and "Truth Hurts." Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men also dedicated their a capella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" to the American basketball player who had an illustrious 20-year career in the National Basketball Association.   

Lead photo from @kobebryant