One year ago Tuesday, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other lives were cut short.
The world stood still as the unbelievable news began to circulate that the helicopter Kobe and there others were in had crashed into the mountains above Malibu into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
The reports were true, and soon Los Angeles, Southern California, Lakers fans, the sports world and people across the globe who were touched or inspired by Bryant paid tributes to the fallen icon that lasted for weeks.
Hundreds of murals have popped up all over L.A. The Staples Center served as a centralized grieving hub for hundreds of thousands of fans that came by to pay respects to their hero.
On social media Tuesday, people were taking time out of their day to once again reflect on maybe the most shocking, painful and untimely deaths of a beloved superstar
Thank you God for allowing me enjoy Kobe Bryant for 20 years as a great basketball player, athlete, husband, father, philanthropist, mentor & teacher of the game to many men & women of all ages, best friend to Rob Pelinka, & brother to @jeaniebuss. pic.twitter.com/PgWY3wDzu6
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2021
Forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/73gefEqq2b
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 26, 2021
One year ago today, news of Kobe Bryant's passing shocked NFL players at the Pro Bowl. pic.twitter.com/VHxejyn17G
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) January 26, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/l3ulx1mmaF
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) January 26, 2021
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) January 26, 2021
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 26, 2021
Remembering Kobe and Gianna one year later 🖤 Number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.
Our thoughts are with the Bryant family today and always. pic.twitter.com/bHWg4vayRF
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 26, 2021
Remembering Kobe & Gianna Bryant and all those who tragically lost their lives one year ago today. pic.twitter.com/jH8PyVUvPH
— NFL (@NFL) January 26, 2021
Kobe’s reaction to Puig’s homer was legendary. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XRE7OHDfay
— MLB (@MLB) January 26, 2021
Family is Forever 🖤 pic.twitter.com/PH6R4sCrve
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 26, 2021