Kevin Durant honors the nine who died in Kobe Bryant crash
The tragic death of Kobe Bryant at the age of 41 continues to be felt throughout the NBA community. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant offered up a reminder indicating as much Tuesday morning in a heartfelt Instagram post.
Bryant, along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were among the nine people who perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26. Remembrances and tributes unsurprisingly have continued unabated in the two weeks since the accident, and Durant’s social media post reminds us all that not only Kobe and his daughter lost their lives.
Bearing the message “Forever in my heart” and the names of all those who died, Durant shared photos of himself with Bryant. Durant also included a team photo of Gianna’s basketball team, which Bryant proudly coached.
“Peace and comfort to the families,” Durant, who previously stated it is “hard to comprehend” that Kobe is really gone, writes to close out the post.
Public memorials have started to be held as those most impacted by the tragedy continue to mourn the shocking loss of loved ones. Orange Coast College baseball team coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa, who all perished in the crash, were memorialized on Monday with a ceremony at Angel Stadium.
A public memorial in honor of Kobe and Gianna will be held Feb. 24 at Staples Center. The service is being planned as a “celebration of life.”