Helicopter Crash Site Visited by Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Statue


Los Angeles sculptor Dan Medina honoured the late Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant by placing a statue at Calabasas’s site of the helicopter accident in Calabasas. Wednesday, Jan. 26, marked the two year anniversary of the death of the Los Angeles Lakers legend. Gianna, John Altobelli, the baseball coach, and five other passengers, as well as the pilot, were all also killed.

Medina drove Bryant’s bronze statue of Bryant, 160 lb., to the crash site Wednesday. He told TMZ Sports. Medina plans to bring the statue back home at sunset, so it will be only temporarily. Medina expressed hope that the city will allow him the opportunity to build a larger permanent statue at this site in the near future.

Bryant and Gianna, in their basketball uniforms, are depicted on the statue. Gianna is holding a basketball. Medina added names to the statue’s base. “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever,”The statue is read.

Bryant, Gianna, and other passengers were traveling from John Wayne Airport towards Camarillo Airport on Jan 26, 2020 when the helicopter crashed into terrain. They were going to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Camarillo Airport, where they would attend an event. Bryant was 41 years old and Gianna 13. Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant (39), and his daughters Natalia, 19, Bianka and Capri (5 and 5 respectively) are still with him.

Bryant’s close friends and family used social media to remember him, and Gianna, two years after their deaths. Sharia, his sister, posted one of Bryant’s quotes along with a photo of wristbands that she wore with Gianna and Bryant’s names on them.

“It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you – or don’t,” Sharia shared the Bryant quote. “So don’t take it lightly. If you do it right, your game will live on in others. You’ll be imitated and emulated by those you played with, those you played against and those who never saw you play at all. So leave everything on the court. Leave the game better than you found it. And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend.”

Vanessa is currently involved in an ongoing lawsuit against Los Angeles County. It concerns photos that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy deputies took of the crash scene and shared with others. However, the county claims that the photos have never been shared with the general public. Vanessa’s lawyers now claim that “close-up photos”Bryant and Gianna were shared at most 28 times. The photos were shared with at least 12 firefighters, they claim.

“These deputies and firefighters took the worst thing that has ever happened to me – the worst thing that could happen to any mother or spouse – and made it worse,”Vanessa stated this in a court filing dated December 20,21. “I will never be able to shake the anguish from knowing that the officials who are supposed to keep us safe treated Kobe and Gianna with such callous disrespect. For the rest of my life, one of two things will happen: either close-up photos of my husband’s and daughter’s bodies will go viral online, or I will continue to live in fear of that happening.”