Daily Mail: Helicopter Pilot's Girlfriend Is Reportedly Heartbroken after Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant & 8 Others
A friend of the grieving girlfriend of Ara Zobayan, the pilot who died alongside Kobe Bryant, spoke for the first time since the tragic crash.
On January 26, 2020, a helicopter crash on the hills of Calabasas claimed the lives of 9 people.
Among the deceased were NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. At the controls of the chopper, was Kobe's most trusted pilot, Ara Zobayan.
Tess is desperate for answers about the causes of the crash
PILOT'S GRIEVING GIRLFRIEND OPENS UP
Tessie Davidson, 47, who was Ara's girlfriend, is shattered, revealed close friend Jesse Clark to the Daily Mail.
According to Clark, Tessie and Ara had been together since 2009, and her sons regarded him as a father. Clark said:
"Tess will never be over it. Other than a piece of jewelry that says they're married, they were everything that a married couple is."
Clark revealed that Tessie is still in shock over Ara's death. Tess is desperate for answers about the causes of the crash which the National Transportation Safety Board described as a "high energy impact."
The lack of answers has left the families of the victims in limbo, desperate for closure. So far, no funeral arrangements for the 9 victims of the horrific crash have been announced.
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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)
For Tessie, as for Vanessa Bryant and the other members of the victims' families the worse is yet to come.
They will have to take up their lives again after the furor has died down, and try to nurse their children through the unimaginable pain of losing fathers, mothers, and siblings.
Our hearts and our prayers go out to them.
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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 ❤️
VANESSA BRYANT REACHES OUT TO CRASH VICTIMS' FAMILIES
The tragic crash on January 26 robbed many of their loved ones, and left their families devastated.
Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, announced that she is setting up a trust through the Mamba Sports Foundation to help the families of the 7 other victims though any financial difficulties that might arise.
The NBA has made a $100,000 donation, and Shaquille O’Neal announced that he too would be contributing to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation and helping the families of John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.