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Red Hot Chilli Peppers Bassist Flea Posts Sweet Tribute to Kobe Bryant 1 Year after His Death

Jené Liebenberg
Jan 28, 2021
12:20 A.M.
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Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist, Flea, took to Instagram to post a photo of him and the late Kobe Bryant as a tribute. It has been a year since the Laker's basketball player died in a helicopter accident.

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The major Kobe Bryant and LA Lakers fan, Flea, posted a photo of him and Bryant shaking hands next to the basketball court. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist shared this photo as a tribute one year after Bryant died.

Flea has been very outspoken about mourning the legendary basketball player's loss since he died on January 26, 2020. The helicopter accident that took Bryant, his daughter, and six others' lives had an immense impact.

Kobe Bryant walking up to the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter on his way to his last game on April 13, 2016 | Getty Images

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FLEA AND BRYANT

Flea shared the heartwarming moment next to the basketball court, with both of them wearing Lakers gear. The musician posted the photo on January 26, 2021, exactly a year after Bryant's death.

The Red Hot Chilli Pepper bassist's 1.1 million followers responded to his tribute with 112,000 likes showing their love and support, as everyone remembered this time last year. Flea kept his caption simple as he posted the following:

"❤️❤️❤️"

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REMEMBERING THE LEGEND

Flea has been very vocal about his support of Bryant after the Lakers' player's death. The musician played the national anthem for Bryant's last game in 2016 and reflected on the professional athlete's life in an interview saying:

"I remember Kobe Bryant as a person evolving, a person always evolving and such an iconic figure of the LA landscape."

Flea met Bryant when the basketball player was 17-years-old and had been following along his journey since then. The bassist recognized Bryant's development as part of the Lakers team from an arrogant teenager to a humble star player.

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THE HELICOPTER ACCIDENT

The helicopter accident that took the life of the LA Lakers champion who played 20 seasons for his team before retiring in 2016 has been thoroughly investigated to find the cause of the helicopter falling.

The National Transportation Safety Board is aiming to release a detailed report in early February. Still, the weather conditions, the pilot's experience, decisions, and the helicopter's safety features are factors that have been considered.

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DEALING WITH THE LOSS

A year after the accident, all those who loved Byant are still finding ways to deal with his sudden death. Vanessa Bryant, the basketball player's wife, and the other victims' families have filed various lawsuits.

The lawsuits are aimed at the helicopter's pilot's estate, Ara Zobayan, together with the helicopter company. There are hopes that this high profile case will bring about some necessary changes in safety feature regulations for helicopters.

Having to deal with losing not only Bryant but his daughter Gianna too, has left the whole world with questions concerning why such an accident occurred in the first place.

Together with all those impacted by the star basketball player, Flea will continue to pay tribute to Bryant's impact on so many people's lives through his commitment to the sport.

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