Jan 27, 2020

By Jane Brown

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It is expected to take several days for officials to recover the bodies of former NBA star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others from a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.

L.A. County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas says the next priority after recovery is identification and notifying the families involved. He says given the terrain and the condition of the site, it will take at least a couple of days to complete the recovery.

The debris is said to be scattered over an area the size of a football field.

Conditions were foggy yesterday morning when the aircraft went down northwest of L.A.

The Bryants were on the flight with Orange Coast College coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and daughter, Alyssa, who was about 13 and played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, Gianna.

As we continue to hear from NBA athletes how much the great Kobe Bryant inspired them, musicians also paid tribute at the Grammys Sunday night to the basketball legend.

And there aren’t too many professional athletes who can say they are Oscar winners. In fact, Kobe Bryant was the only one.

Two years ago, Kobe became the first person to win both a sporting championship and an Oscar with his victory in the Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.

Kobe collaborated on Dear Basketball with animator Glen Keane for the Academy Award winning production.

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