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Kobe Bryant death anniversary: what's known about the helicopter crash?

It's been a year since it was confirmed that the world famous NBA star had been killed in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter and seven others.

Kobe Bryant death anniversary: what's known about the helicopter crash?

On Sunday 26 January 2020 the world of sport was shocked after it was confirmed that Kobe Bryant, the world famous former NBA star and player synonymous with the LA Lakers franchise had been killed in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter and seven other passengers.

The accident happened in Calabasas (California) as the former NBA superstar was travelling with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in his private helicopter (a Sikorsky S-76B, a helicopter used by the likes of Donald Trump and the Queen of England) a fire is believed to have started.

Bryant played with the Lakers for twenty seasons in the NBA picking up five championship rings during that time. His wife and he had four children, Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri. Gianna was on board with her father where she was set to participate in a game she was playing in at the star's academy on the outskirts of the city.

Certified as an accident

The cause of death for all nine victims of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna has been ruled as blunt trauma, a post-mortem has confirmed.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-coroner in May 2020 published the results from examinations of those who lost their lives in the incident in Calabasas, California on 26 January 2020.

A statement read: "On January 28, the cause of death for all nine decedents was certified as blunt trauma. The manner of death was certified as accident."

FILES-CRASH-HELICOPTER-KOBE-BRYANT(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 24, 2008 USA's Kobe Bryant celebrates at the end of the men's basketball gold medal match Spain against The US of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Olympic basketball Arena in Beijing. - NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles, celebrity website TMZ reported, saying five people are confirmed dead in the incident. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Final report in February

The National Transportation Safety Board is set to release its final report on the incident on 9 February and the report is also set to include a proximate cause and subsequent safety recommendations.

The final report will also give the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) opportunity to make safety recommendations to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) which can then choose whether or not to enact them.