A week after the sad helicopter crash that killed all nine people on board, the bodies of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, 13, have been released to their family members by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Recall that the 44-year-old NBA legend and his daughter were both killed when his helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, on January 26.
Their remains were returned after confirmation of their identity and a cause of death was determined by investigators.
The remains of the other passengers; pilot, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, 38, Sarah Chester, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, have also been released, as confirmed by a spokeswoman.
The other passengers John Altobelli, 56, his wife Keri, 46, and their daughter Alyssa, 14, are ready to be released but have not yet been picked up by family members, according to the coroner’s office.
The release of the remains comes after it was learned that Bryant’s widow will be given the items and memorabilia left by fans at a memorial outside the Staples Center for her late husband.
Bryant, who won five NBA championships, and was an 18-time All-Star, spent his entire 20-season career playing for the LA Lakers, which plays at the arena.