Kobe Bryant will always be remembered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
The 41-year-old, who died along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday, was a hero to so many NBA fans across the world.
They’ll all look back and smile at the many unforgettable memories that the LA Lakers legend provided them over the course of a glittering 20-year career.
But for those closest to him - including his friends and family, of course - it’ll take a lot longer to come to terms with this awful tragedy.
Tributes from people who knew Bryant paint him as a fierce competitor on the court, but a family man off it.
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In an emotional statement, Michael Jordan described Bryant as “an amazing dad who loved his family deeply”.
And footage recorded just last month - and posted by the American website TMZ - provides further evidence that Bryant possessed a kind and caring side.
The sporting icon was filmed selflessly helping people at the scene of a major car crash in Newport Beach, California, on December 13.
A bystander captured Bryant waiting around and talking to those involved in the accident, comforting them until first responders arrived, per the Daily Mail.
Wearing a pink tracksuit, Bryant is also seen in the video walking across the road and directing traffic.
His black SUV emerged unscathed but its doors were left wide open as the NBA legend checked to make sure everyone was okay.
The video has gone viral on social media. In less than 24 hours, it has been retweeted 122,000 ties and ‘liked’ over 500,000 times.
The Mail add that Bryant was involved in a similar incident a year earlier, in September 2018 - and, again, in Newport Beach.
On that occasion, he stopped his blacked-out Ranger Rover to check on the driver of a Tesla that was hit by a car that had run a red light.
Bryant reportedly offered to take pictures of the scene because the Tesla driver’s phone had been damaged in the incident.
Fortunately, nobody was seriously harmed in that particular incident, according to TMZ.
This happened in the same week that Bryant visited the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
For some, Bryant will be remembered as much for his kindness off the court as his world-class ability on it.News Now - Sport News