Kobe and Gianna Bryant remembered on the second anniversary of their death

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Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant were remembered on the second anniversary their death.
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant were remembered on the second anniversary their death.
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It's been two years since the unbelievable happened - a helicopter carrying basketball stars, coaches and parents crashed in the hills above Calabasas.

That day, on 26 January 2020, nine people died including global basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. 

Fans and family members couldn't believe it when they heard that the star that they had seen not long ago, was no more. 

The group was headed toward Thousand Oaks for a youth basketball game when their helicopter crashed in the hills.

A bronze statue of NBA legend Kobe and his daughter Gianna was on Wednesday placed at the crash site in Calabasas, California on the second anniversary of their death.

The statue, created by sculptor Dan Medina, shows Kobe in his Lakers uniform with his arm around Gianna, who is also wearing a basketball uniform with a basketball in her hand.

The base of the statue has the names of all nine crash victims inscribed on a plaque.

Friends of the late NBA star also took to social media to remember ‘The Mamba’ as he was affectionately called.

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Dwayne Wade shared that he will always remember Kobe for the love he had for his family. 

"I respect Kobe not just because of his greatness or because of the amazing girl dad he is (which is more than enough reasons too) but because of how he has always treated my family, especially my kids. Kobe will forever live vibrantly in our hearts! #TheWades Miss you brother."

Amongst those who died in the crash were John Altobelli, who was a college baseball coach and former player for the University of Houston and his wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli.

Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester as well as Christina Mauser, who was a girls' basketball coach. Christina left behind a husband and three young children.

Celebrity pilot Ara Zobayan also died in the crash.

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