Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna's Official Cause of Death Confirmed by LA County Coroner
The medical examiner-coroner office has released the official cause of death of Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter, and it has some much-needed answers.
The world is still mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, following Sunday's fatal helicopter crash. But thankfully, their family and friends are getting some answers.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has released the official cause of death. The coroner used DNA and fingerprint to identify Bryant and his daughter.
THE MUCH-AWAITED ANSWER
Body examinations were also performed on the legendary NBA star, Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, and the report read,
"Their causes of death were certified as blunt trauma. The manner of death was certified as an accident."
The coroner's office also officially identified the other victims of the helicopter crash. They include Payton Mauser, born on July 13th, 2006, and her mother, Christina Mauser, born on June 26th, 1981.
A JOURNEY OF NO RETURN
The bodies of Alyssa Altobelli born on June 16th, 2005, and her mother, Keri, born on July 23rd, 1973, got identified. Gianna also officially got listed as deceased.
Bryant, the pilot of the helicopter, Ara Zobayan, an assistant coach at the Mamba Sports Academy, Sarah Chester, as well as John Altobelli, got identified earlier. The group of nine were on their way to a basketball game at Thousand Oaks.
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#PrayersUp: We ask that you all keep the families and friends of those involved in this deadly helicopter crash in your prayers, #Roomies! Authorities have identified the eight other victims who lost their lives alongside #KobeBryant, including his daughter #GiGiBryant. Our thoughts and prayers are with them 🙏🏾 (📸: @cbsla)
A HIGH IMPACT CRASH
They were flying in an S-76B copter that has an excellent safety record. The late basketballer has been using the aircraft for years and preferred flying to avoid the chaotic Los Angeles traffic.
The helicopter suffered a high impact crash after it suffered a rapid descent rate of 2000 feet per minute. Zobayan, an experienced pilot, was flying in foggy weather that was so thick LAPD had to ground all their helicopters.
NTSB investigators reviewing coordinates to prepare a drone for mapping the Jan. 26 helicopter crash site in Calabasas, CA. pic.twitter.com/SbSX67vNEF— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) January 28, 2020
A DEVASTATING LOSS
The primary cause of the crash has not been identified, but NTSB would continue investigating. So far, the agency has discovered that the helicopter Bryant was flying in didn't have terrain awareness and warning system.
While the investigation remains pending, Vanessa Bryant, the MVP's wife, has broken her silence. She released a statement thanking the public for their support.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
The mom-of-three added that her family needed all the prayers they can get. She went on to describe Gianna as a sweet and amazing sister, whom her siblings would miss.
Vanessa and her remaining children, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, are completely devastated. The now family-of-four would always love Bryant and Gianna, and take comfort in knowing the two knew they were loved.