We all knew the NBA legend for his prolific and extraordinary career—but who was Kobe Bryant off the hardwood?
The basketball star was one of nine people who died when their helicopter tragically crashed on a hillside in Calabasas California—including his 13-year-old daughter Gigi—, living behind wife and mother Vanessa and daughters and sisters Natalia, Bianca and Capri. And though the sports world has undoubtedly lost a literal and figurative giant, his basketball journey was shaped by things both on and off the court.
So who was Kobe Bryant? Click through our photo gallery above to remember the man who will certainly go down as one of the most talented to ever grace the hardwood.