Updated: Feb 14, 2020
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried in a private funeral service in Southern California last week Friday. Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed when the helicopter they were in crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles, on 26 January. The remains of the crash victims were returned to their families in early February, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. The medical examiner's office said that the cause of death for all nine victims was determined to be blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was certified as an accident. The group was expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball game on the day the helicopter crashed. A public memorial service for the Bryants will be held on 24 February at Staples Center, beginning at 10am (PT) Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Foundation announced Thursday it is making a major change to honour Gianna’s memory. Going forward, the organisation will be known as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation to carry on Gianna’s legacy.
“Because there is no #24 without #2, we have updated the Mamba Sports Foundation to now be called the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation,” Vanessa Bryant, said in an Instagram post. “Our mission remains the same – and stronger than ever – to provide opportunities to young people through sports. Thank you all for the outpouring of support and your kind donations to date as we carry forth Kobe and Gigi’s legacy. We hope to empower young athletes in a world they left us all to help shape.” #Kobe #Gianna #Lakers #Mamba #Mambacita