He is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, their three other daughters, and his parents.
Now a video is circulating on Facebook with the claim it shows the crash that killed Bryant, his daughter and seven other people.
The grainy footage shows a helicopter out of control, tumbling through the air in a mountainous area, before hitting the ground and bursting into flames.
“Video of Kobe's helicopter crash that killed him and his daughter and others on board. A very painful way to die. RIP Kobe,” the caption reads.
Is this really the crash that killed Bryant?
Crash in United Arab Emirates in 2018
A Google reverse image search reveals that the video is two years old. It was filmed in the United Arab Emirates in December 2018.
A rescue helicopter had clipped the world’s longest zip-line in Ras al-Khaimah, near the UAE's highest mountain, Jebel Jais. Four people were killed in the resulting crash.
The incident and the video were widely reported at the time. – Jennifer Ojugbeli
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