#RIPKobe – Fans Remember Kobe Bryant On What Would’ve Been His 42nd Birthday

Kobe Bryant

#RIPKobe – Fans Remember Kobe Bryant On What Would’ve Been His 42nd Birthday

Today (Sunday, Aug. 23rd) marks what would have been late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s 42nd birthday.

The Los Angeles Lakers star, husband, and father of four tragically died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26th. His daughter, Gianna Bryant, was among the total of nine victims.

Kobe Bryant & daughter Gianna Bryant

His sister, Sharia Washington, shared a special message for him on Instagram.

#RIPKobe also trended on Twitter early Sunday morning (Aug. 23rd) as fans remembered the icon.

It was previously reported that Orange County has declared Monday (Aug. 24th) Kobe Bryant Day, recognizing his two Lakers jersey numbers, 8 and 24.

Orange County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel said:

“[He was a] treasured member of our community [who] inspired so many men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up.”

Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner added,

“Kobe Bryant’s life, like each one of us who ever lived, presents moments to celebrate and to condemn. Kobe, like all of us, faced challenges, challenges of his own making and challenges thrown at him by life, that he overcome. Today, we celebrate the effort in overcoming those challenges.”

He continued:

“If the bad in any life were to forever disqualify, then no one would be able to celebrate the good. So we strike a balance, and on balance here the good recognized in the resolution brought here is worth celebrating.”

Happy birthday, Kobe! Continued prayers for his family, friends, and fans. 

Authored by: Char Patterson