Kobe Bryant, the ‘Black Mamba’, was one of the best basketball players of all time. He played for the LA Lakers and was a top scorer. At the age of 41, on the 26th of January 2020, Kobe tragically passed away.
He died in a tragic helicopter accident. Kobe was travelling with his 13-year-old daughter, six family friends as well as the pilot to an airport in California for a basketball game. The weather that January morning was dismal. Most other air traffic was grounded due to the rain and fog. According to the control tower, the helicopter was flying too low to be tracked by radar. The helicopter then turned around towards the mountains battling extreme fog before it rose extremely fast at a speed of 185 mph. The helicopter then crashed into a mountain 30 miles north of Los Angeles. The helicopter ignited into flames and all occupants of the helicopter died on impact.
The official cause of death for Kobe as well as the other passengers was blunt force trauma.
At the scene, Kobe’s body had to be officially identified using fingerprints due to burns to the body. Flames would have engulfed the victims after the crash, and they were not burned alive.
There was no black box present in the helicopter, however, there was no sign of mechanical failure. An autopsy was performed on the pilot and no alcohol or drugs were found in his system.
These deaths were purely accidental due to the adverse weather which would have disoriented the pilot when flying the helicopter.
Kobe’s autopsy report recently became available, and it is evident that if Kobe did not suffer blunt force trauma he still would not have survived. He had multiple fractures to the skull causing his brain to spill out. His right arm was severed from his body and his lower limbs were crushed. He also suffered severe chest and abdominal injuries. No soot was found in his lungs which confirmed that he had died before the fire took over.
It was a very unfortunate accident which took the life of an icon, his young daughter who was an up-and-coming basketball player herself, as well as seven other innocent victims.