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Kevin Durant’s heartfelt message to Kobe Bryant, others lost in tragic helicopter crash

Kevin Durant, Nets, Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant posted a heartfelt Instagram message honoring the late Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the other seven passengers involved in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas.

It has been over two weeks since they passed in a tragic accident, but Bryant’s death still feels surreal, with many still waiting to wake up from a nightmare.

The Nets star, who had earned Bryant’s respect through his strong play and dedication to his craft, made it a point to mention everyone involved in the crash on a first-name basis, ensuring no one is forgotten:

This is a truly heartfelt message from the Nets forward as he continues to grieve.

The authorities are still trying to come to a firm conclusion as to what caused Bryant’s S-76 Sikorsky helicopter to crash. The first reaction was believed to be due to the heavy fog surrounding the area, which was confirmed later in a minute-by-minute transcript of the communication between pilot Ara Zobayan and air traffic control.

The helicopter was believed to be 2,300 feet high when it started its rapid descent, falling at nearly 2,000 feet per minute. A different probe said his helicopter was 100 feet from clear skies.

The Los Angeles Police Department has ruled out engine failure as the potential cause of the crash, leaving part of the investigation in limbo.

Bryant, 41, spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2016 after dropping a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz in his final game. He played for Team USA alongside Durant and many of today’s star players — many who mourned his death in different ways, including unofficially retiring his jersey and changing their number to honor him and his daughter.

There will be even more tributes to Kobe at this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Chicago, and they’ll continue for a long time as the league remembers one of its all-time greats. Perhaps KD will honor Kobe in a special way when he returns to the Nets next season.