Kobe Bryant helicopter crash autopsy released


Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna

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Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in the crash

A post-mortem review of the helicopter crash that killed basketball star Kobe Bryant said blunt trauma was the cause of death for the nine victims.

The 180-page report also found that the pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, tested negative for drugs and alcohol.

The cause of the January 26 accident in California in thick fog is still under investigation.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was with him on the helicopter.

The passengers – who included two of Gianna’s basketball teammates, their relatives and a coach – were on their way to a tournament in Thousand Oaks where Bryant had been appointed coach.

Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser all died alongside the Bryant and pilot Ara Zobayan when the helicopter crashed on a hill just north of Los Angeles.

“On January 28, the cause of death of the nine victims was judged to be blunt trauma,” the review said. “The way of dying has been certified as an accident”.

On Friday, the results of the post-mortem examination were published on the website of the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office.

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Media captionSite where basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash

Five-time NBA champion Bryant has played for the LA Lakers throughout his career and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

He retired in April 2016 after a 20-year career with the team.

Lawyers for his widow, Vanessa Bryant, have filed a lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter.

He claims that Zobayan – who died in the accident – did not assess the weather data before takeoff.

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said eight MPs admitted they had graphic photos of the accident scene.

Alex Villanueva said he was “devastated and sorry” by their behavior. He said he instructed the deputies to delete the images.


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