Kobe Bryant to Be Posthumously Honored with LA Area Emmy Governors Award

The late professional basketballer, Kobe Bryant, will be honored with the Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award.

Few months after he passed away in a helicopter crash that killed eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, the legendary Kobe Bryant will be posthumously honored by an award committee.

 Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery on November 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery on November 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

According to the Emmys website, Kobe has been selected to receive the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award, as a result of his "legacy of philanthropy, community building, and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court."

Vanessa Bryant is seeking monetary damages as part of the wrongful death lawsuit she filed against the helicopter company.

Spectrum SportsNet nominated the father of four for the impact he made during his 20-year career in the NBA franchise - which saw him win five championships - in addition to his 18 All-Star appearances and two Olympic Games.

Until his death, Bryant was an inspiration to those who wanted to play basketball as he campaigned for several causes, including becoming an ambassador for women's basketball. He also became a mentor and youth advocate who raised awareness of homelessness in Los Angeles.

Daily Mail added that the Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award was given to companies or individuals that have made a significant contribution to the greater Los Angeles area and made innovative achievements to either the arts, sciences or television management.

One of the last times that the basketballer won an award was two years ago when he walked home with an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film during the 2018 Academy Awards. 

USA Today reported that the six-minute film was focused on a poem that the philanthropist wrote which was published in The Players Tribune in 2015 when he announced his retirement from the NBA.

Even the Mamba Sports Academy has plans to honor Kobe as TMZ reported that the academy's founder and CEO, Chad Faulkner, revealed that they would be retiring the "Mamba" in the sports academy's name, "to raise it to the rafters, where it belongs."

The report came just before Page Six divulged that his wife, Vanessa Bryant is seeking monetary damages as part of the wrongful death lawsuit she filed against the helicopter company and the estate of the pilot involved in the helicopter crash.

In documents obtained by ET Online, the 38-year-old claims that the family lost "hundreds of millions of dollars" in earnings after her husband's death. 

The lost earning thus prompted her to ask for a sizable amount from Island Express Helicopters, which operated the helicopter that crashed.

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