Kobe Bryant, a 20-year guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and five-time NBA champion among many other sports laurels, has passed away at the age of 41. Him and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California. Basketball fan or not, his tragic death has left everyone in a state of shock.
The death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna sent shockwaves around the world on Sunday, and final pictures taken of the two before their tragic deaths, have now been making rounds on the internet. A day prior to the helicopter crash that killed the father-daughter duo along with seven others, Kobe, 41 and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, better known as Gigi, had been photographed at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The photos of the two had been taken less than 24 hours before the two breathed their last.
His branded merchandise skyrocketed in value on resale marketplaces like StockX. Pairs of shoes on StockX that had gone for less than $200 were being sold for upwards of $1,000 on Sunday.
Nike, a longtime endorser of Kobe Bryant, has sold out of the athlete’s merchandise on its website following his sudden death on Sunday. The only Bryant-related items on Nike’s website were two Los Angeles Lakers-themed Nike gift cards. A search of the word “Kobe” redirected people to the brand’s memorial statement, in which it said Bryant was a “beloved member of the Nike family.”
He was married to Vanessa Bryant and the two were parents to four daughters.