Heroes come and go, but legends are forever

A statue of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna has been temporarily placed at the site of their helicopter crash, on the two-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Nine people on board the private helicopter were killed in January 2020, when it came down and burst into flames in the city of Calabasas, California.

"I decided to bring it up from sunrise to sunset and create a bit of a healing process for fans,” sculptor Dan Medina said.

The names of the nine victims of the crash are engraved on the statue's base, which also includes an inscription of Bryant's famous quote 'Heroes come and go, but legends are forever'.

P.S: Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia to professional basketball player Joe Bryant. Kobe spent his childhood in Italy. At the age of three he started playing basketball. He has been an aficionado of the “Los Angeles Lakers” basketball team since he was a child.

In Philadelphia, Kobe was a member of the school basketball team, whose team also won the state championship. He joined the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA in 1996 and later played for the “Los Angeles Lakers”.

During his 20 years with the “LA Lakers”, Kobe Bryant won five NBA titles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010) and was named Player of the Season for the 2008/09 season. In 2009-2010, he became the best basketball player of the NBA Finals. He has also played in 18 NBA All-Star games and 15 times in the All-Star Game.