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Gianna and Kobe Bryant's Autopsy Report Finally Released 4 Months after Their Tragic Death

Stephen Thompson
May 19, 2020
07:25 A.M.
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Authorities have released the autopsy reports of the Former NBA star, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Giana, and seven others that died in a ghastly helicopter crash in January.

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January 26, 2020, is a day that will hardly ever be forgotten in NBA history, marking the day one of the game's greatest ever players, Kobe Bryant, left the world in tragic circumstances, along with his daughter, and seven others. 

Four months have passed since their deaths, but the autopsy reports of Kobe, Gigi, and the seven other passengers in the ill-fated helicopter have been released. 

Kobe Bryant holds his daughter Gianna while standing next to her mother Vanessa after Game Five of the NBA Finals on June 14, 2009, in Orlando, Florida | Photo: Getty Images

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The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner released the report for all the helicopter crash victims on May 15. 

Details of the report showed that all the patients died of blunt trauma. It also revealed that the manner of their death was accidental.

The autopsy reports are coming a few days after Berge Zobayan, a personal representative of the deceased helicopter pilot, Ara Zobayan, claimed that Kobe and all other passengers in the helicopter were to blame for the fatal crash. 

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Berge's statement came almost three months after Vanessa Bryant, wife of Kobe Bryant, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that owned the helicopter her husband, daughter, and the others were traveling in. 

The suits alleged that Island Express Helicopter Inc., and its owner, Island Express Holding Corp., were negligent and careless in their behavior.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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Berge was speaking at the Superior Court of the State of California on May 8, where he issued a response to Vanessa's lawsuit. He claimed that the answering defendant was not responsible for the crash. 

In addition, Berge said that any of the injuries or damages in the crash were caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of the plaintiff and/or their decedent. 

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Apart from Vanessa's lawsuit in February, family members of four people killed in the helicopter crash also went to court seeking to sue the helicopter company. 

The two lawsuits were filed electronically in April at the Los Angeles Superior Court. The suits alleged that Island Express Helicopter Inc., and its owner, Island Express Holding Corp., were negligent and careless in their behavior. 

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The suit further claimed that such behavior was a substantial factor in the crash. The plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits, John and Alexis Altobelli, lost their sister and parents in the crash. 

They said they had suffered economic and noneconomic damages because of the helicopter company's carelessness. The second lawsuit, which was similar to that of the Altobellis, was filed on behalf of Christina Mauser's widower and children. 

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