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Kobe Bryant statue placed at site of helicopter crash

By Vincent Ashitey
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A sculpture of NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant has been brought to the helicopter crash site where they died alongside seven others on a hillside near Los Angeles two years ago.

The 73-kg bronze statue depicts the pair wearing basketball kits and sharing a loving glance as Gigi holds Kobe's hand as it rests on her shoulder.

Sculptor Dan Medina was on hand to greet fans who made the 1.3 mile hike to pay their respects to the sports legend.

"This is all on my own, no one asked me to do it," said Medina.

"On this day, the second anniversary of the accident, I decided to bring it up from sunrise to sunset and create a bit of a healing process for fans.

"Today was special because I witnessed a lot of that. People would come up and they would leave with some sort of satisfaction.

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Engraved on the statue's steel pedestal are the names of all nine victims of the early morning crash in foggy weather on January 26, 2020. It also includes an inscription of Bryant's famous quote: "Heroes come and go, but legends are forever."

A five-time NBA champion in his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant's death at age 41 shocked the world of professional sports and sent his legions of fans into mourning.

Gigi was 13 at the time of the crash, which occurred as they were heading to a youth basketball tournament.

Sculptor Dan Medina said he decided to bring his creation to the crash site as 'a healing process for fans'