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Just now, Gehringer_2 said:

Did Kobe fly that copter himself? The LAPD say 5 killed, that doesn't leave a pilot. I remember he used to commute by copter when he played but I assumed he had a pilot.

Hard to say. Lots of conflicting reports. He straight up said all four of his kids are dead as well. But someone tweeted who knows a daughter said she was told of the news. If the news is incorrect it seems ABC would have redacted it by now but they still haven't. So who knows. 

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Totally gut wrenching, I'm seriously sick to my stomach right now, can't remember the last time I felt this way after a celebrity death.   Feel so sorry for his family.   I wonder if the NBA is going to cancel any games?

Edit: Now they are saying that 1 of his daughters was in deed on board. 

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7 minutes ago, lordstanley said:

I'm trying to think of any great athlete who has died suddenly so young.  Roberto Clemente?  Kobe is way bigger of course than deaths of Thurman Munson, Len Bias, Reggie Lewis, etc.

I was born in 81 so I was trying to think if there has been a bigger celebrity death of this magnitude(in terms of fame of the person and how unexpected it was) and the only two that come to mind are Princess Dianna and Michael Jackson.   

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I consider the impact on this not unlike when Magic announced he had HIV.  To people under a certain age that may seem silly.  But even in 1991 it wasn’t common knowledge that HIV and AIDS were different.  I would even say that most people didn’t know HIV.  All we heard for 24 hours was “Magic has AIDS”.   We thought that meant he’d be dead soon. We didn’t know he had a virus that could lead to AIDS down the line.  Everyone said that when he died that AIDS would be the prominent story.  Obviously he wasn’t yet dead so it wasn’t as final.  But I think the shock is similar. 
 

just a couple of dads on their way to the girls basketball game. 

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39 minutes ago, Oblong said:

just a couple of dads on their way to the girls basketball game. 

Yeah, this is kind of it, and obviously the daughters as well which I am sure you are implying.  Bryant's status in the game escalates the story quite a bit.  The crash being a helicopter rather than a car might escalate the story a bit, too.

I guess the one thing that kind of sticks with me when I hear of incidents like this is parents burying their children.  I mean, Bryant and the other father (I'm guessing based on the age of daughters) are young themselves.  But the mothers are setting up burial services for their 13 year old children.  There are all sorts of different angles to be taken with tragic stories like this I guess, but that's the one that really tugs at your soul a bit.  Kids dying way, way too early.

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39 minutes ago, Casimir said:

Yeah, this is kind of it, and obviously the daughters as well which I am sure you are implying.  Bryant's status in the game escalates the story quite a bit.  The crash being a helicopter rather than a car might escalate the story a bit, too.

I guess the one thing that kind of sticks with me when I hear of incidents like this is parents burying their children.  I mean, Bryant and the other father (I'm guessing based on the age of daughters) are young themselves.  But the mothers are setting up burial services for their 13 year old children.  There are all sorts of different angles to be taken with tragic stories like this I guess, but that's the one that really tugs at your soul a bit.  Kids dying way, way too early.

Sure... it’s not in a helicopter but many times I have been in a car with another parent and our kids going to a game across town.  Helicopter was probably safer.  You just can’t take for granted the mundaneness of life.  I think of them trying to comfort the children. 

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Orange Coast College baseball coach was on the helicopter also, along with his wife and daughter. The daughter was on the same team. 

We lose celebrities a lot but it wasn't a coke-induced boat crash or drug overdose. It was a family thing. We don't see that very often.  

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2 hours ago, lordstanley said:

I'm trying to think of any great athlete who has died suddenly so young.  Roberto Clemente?  Kobe is way bigger of course than deaths of Thurman Munson, Len Bias, Reggie Lewis, etc.

Every time these type of events happen, I go back to vivid memories of when I heard Pat Tillman died. 

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I am thinking also of the time Payne Stewart died. When it happened they would only say that they lose contact with a plane still in the air on autopilot suggesting some kind of depressurization issue.  They said something like “plane does have a well known person on board” and they have to wait for it to run out of gas.  I believe fighter jets were deployed to shoot it down in case it got near population centers. 

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