KOBE Bryant died of a blunt trauma with catastrophic brain damage and 30 percent burns, an autopsy revealed.
The NBA star was killed in a helicopter crash in January with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.
Los Angels-Cornoer County medical examiner released autopsy reports for all of the victims Friday, four months after the mountainside chopper accident in January.
Autopsies showed that the only cause of death for the nine victims was blunt trauma, and the office certified the mode of death for all was accidental.
The helicopter pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, had no drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the coroner’s report.
Reports also show that Kobe may not have died on impact, his injuries being “quickly, if not instantly fatal.”
With Gianna, 13, and Kobe, 41, the victims of the accident were: Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 46, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Christina Mauser, 38, pilot Ara Zobayan.
The autopsy report said, “On January 28, the cause of death for the nine people who died was certified as blunt trauma. The way of dying has been certified as an accident. “
Earlier, the Los Angeles County Coroner announced that his causes of death were “blunt trauma,” after a review of the nine victims on January 28.
Bryant’s helicopter crashed on its way to a basketball game at the Thousand Oaks location at Mamba Sports Academy, California.
On Friday, the Sun revealed that the MAMBA Sports Academy had abandoned the nickname Kobe Bryant as a “painful memory” for the widow Vanessa.
The helicopter was reported to have flown at approximately 184 mph in “blinding fog” when it dived over 1,000 feet in about one minute, landing abruptly in a mountainside ball of fire.
After the accident, Kobe’s wife Vanessa struck the owner of the plane, Island Express, with a 72-page lawsuit.
Vanessa Bryant filed the complaint – which also lists the daughters of Kobe Natalia, Bianka and Capri as complainants – the same day that she delivered a funeral eulogy for her husband and daughter at a memorial for the two at Los Angeles.
The firm and the pilot, the accused Zobayan, were described as “unscrupulous, obstinate, foolish, reckless and depraved” in the court document.
The owners of the doomed Island Express Holdings helicopter responded to the complaint by stating that Kobe and Gigi were fully aware of the risks they were taking when they decided to fly.
They say Venessa has no lawsuit against them – in part because the foggy weather was a “force majeure”.
In response to allegations of lawsuits, the company states: “Kobe Bryant and GB [Gigi] had a real knowledge of all the circumstances, the particular dangers, and an appreciation of the risks run and their magnitude, and encountered a known risk, and voluntarily assumed the risk of accident, injury. [Vanessa’s] claim for damages. “
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