Kobe Bryant Memorial Statue Placed At Crash Site On 2-Year Anniversary

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Former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game
Former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game GETTY IMAGES / Ethan Miller

A statue of NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was placed Wednesday at the site where they and seven others died in a helicopter crash.

The 150-pound bronze statue comes on the two-year anniversary of the crash in the hills of Calabasas, a suburb of Los Angeles.

The statue, created by artist Dan Medina, shows Kobe Bryant in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform with his hand around Gianna, as she holds a basketball and also wears a basketball uniform.

The names of the other seven victims are engraved at the base of the statue. Those include Ara Zobayan, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester.

Medina told ABC 7 news in Los Angeles that the statue will only stay at the cash-site “temporarily” and that there is a 7-foot version of the sculpture that he would like to see make it to downtown LA.

Some gathered at the site of the crash site on Wednesday. Most sat in silence and some tears were shed.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report in February 2021 that concluded that the cause of the crash was due to the pilot pushing flying limits in bad weather conditions.

Kobe Bryant is considered one of the greatest players in basketball history. He spent his entire career with the Lakers. 

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