Off the court, Bryant still impressed, right up to his last moments.
Began the day with Mass
On the day of his death, a Sunday, many reports have said that Bryant started his day at the Catholic church in Orange County, California, where he regularly attends. As Fr. David Barnes shared on Twitter, Bryant’s commitment to his faith will be a great source of comfort to those who mourn him, and inspiration for others to go to Mass:
As sad as Kobe’s death is, a friend texted me today to tell me that a friend of her’s attends the same Catholic Church as Kobe and saw him this morning at Mass. There can be nothing more consoling to those who mourn than to know that a loved one worshipped God right before his death because worshipping God is what heaven is. Go to Mass. Go to Mass. Go to Mass
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother.”
This gesture not only displays respect and kindness, but shows other sports fans across the world what it is be a true champ.
I took this picture at the London 2012 olympics. Today it brings tears to my eyes after the tragic loss today and Lebron’s accomplishment yesterday. #RIPKobeBryant #RIPGianna pic.twitter.com/QiBKP7fboC
— Zenaida (@Zenaida_D) January 27, 2020
Dedication to being a great dad
The helicopter ride Bryant and his daughter took was similar to many father/daughter rides to the Mamba Sports Academy, founded by Bryant. Perhaps one comfort Bryant’s wife and Gianna’s mom, Vanessa Bryant, can take from this tragedy was that the two died side by side, doing something they loved to share together.
— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) January 27, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all nine victims and their loved ones from Sunday’s helicopter crash.
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