Summer 2024

Sports world offers prayers for family of Kobe Bryant

On Sunday, the world was stunned to learn about the death of Los Angeles Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident, which also took the life of one of his daughters and several other people in Calabasas, Calif.

Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna, 13, when the helicopter crashed, according to multiple sources. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference that there were no survivors, and ESPN reported there were nine people on board the helicopter.

Bryant, 41, was adored by fans young and old and helped lead the Lakers to five NBA championships during his 20-year career. News traveled quickly and the world of sports took to social media to offer its prayers to the Bryant family:

Please continue to join us in praying for Vanessa Bryant, the entire Bryant family, and the families of all that perished in this tragic accident.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” — Psalm 34:18