Beyonce mourns Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in her latest post on her Instagram page, as Queen Bey joins millions of sports fans around the world to register their tribute to the man who inspired a lot of people during his life time.
Although Beyonce’s tribute is coming almost four days after the sad news of the death of the NBA legend, and eight others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, just like others, Beyonce also received the news with shock, that we believe she has taken her time to mourn and put herself together to be able to send out a message.
She took to her Instagram page on Thursday morning posting photos of Kobe Bryant and her daughter with a message to always pray for those that have been left behind. She posted the message that reads:
“I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens. You are deeply missed beloved Kobe”.
Beyonce’s tribute is also coming a few hours after Vanessa Bryant for the first time broke her silence on the death of her husband and her daughter alongside seven others on Sunday.
She prayed for the departed souls, while also thanking millions around the world for their messages and prayers towards the family. She also changed her profile photo to feature her lost loved ones, as she and her family continue to mourn their death.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has also released the cause of death of two of the victims involved in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash.
The pilot, Ara Zobayan, and Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli both died of blunt trauma, this according to the medical examiner who released the horrific details on Wednesday.
Ara Zobaya was 50 years old and an experienced pilot. John Altobelli was 56 and was on board the helicopter with his wife and young daughter when it went down on Sunday, January 26.
The coroner’s office has labeled the crash an accident and revealed their bodies are available to be released to next of kin.
Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that foggy day. 9 people were on the helicopter — including Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, aka GiGi when it crashed and burst into flames. There were no survivors.
Rescuers combed through the wreckage the following day and recovered the remaining victims.
As of Tuesday, only four of those victims [had been identified including the pilot, the baseball coach, Kobe Bryant, and Sarah Chester, a mom on the chopper with her daughter. GiGi was not among those identified.
Officials said they were able to utilize fingerprints to identify the 4 decedents. They later updated by stating, “Investigators are still working on identifying the five remaining decedents. The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner will provide immediate updates on the names of the decedents as soon as they are officially verified and their next of kin have been notified.”
It was also reported that Kobe Bryant’s helicopter was not equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) which would alert the pilot when an aircraft gets too close to terrain and could have possibly prevented that doomed flight.
TAWS are not mandatory on helicopters. The hazy fog on that fatal day most likely prevented the pilot from seeing the terrain ahead.
During a press conference, investigators revealed the helicopter clipped a ridge only 20 – 30 feet from the top of a hillside. “The main impact was about 20 to 30 feet from that small hill, but there were other higher hills surrounding it…it’s in a canyon with small hills within it,” investigators stated on Tuesday.
All the nine bodies have since been identified, but Kobe Bryant’s helicopter had no black box and other safety equipment that would have alerted them about the dangers in the foggy weather.