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The bodies of the NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter together with seven other passengers who were killed in the helicopter crash have been recovered. The Los Angeles Country Department Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed on Tuesday that the bodies were found.

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On Sunday afternoon, three bodies were recovered after the shocking crash that happened near a hillside in Calabasas, California. On Monday, the recovery continued for the other six victims. As said by the coroner officials, once the bodies are recovered they were removed from the incident site and transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center. The investigators are working on identifying the victims. Accompanying Kobe and his daughter on the said helicopter were John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa, Sarah Chester and his daughter Payton, Christina Mauser, and the pilot Ara Zobayan. The helicopter was bound from Orange Country to Thousand Oaks.

On Sunday, the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter departed John Wayne Airport in Orange Country at around 9:06 a.m. as recorded on the flight records. The helicopter flew over Boyle Heights, Burbank, and Glendale before going to Thousand Oaks area. The crash happened at around 9:45 a.m. An investigation on the said crash and its causes are ongoing as reported by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, federal investigators began an extensive investigation on Monday into the crash. They plan to look over the helicopter maintenance records, the history of the pilot and the foggy conditions that can easily disorient pilots. Moreover, the publication revealed that the helicopter was not carrying a black box which is a cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder. Yet they found an iPad with ForeFlight which is an app that pilots use to log flight plans and see weather briefings.

Social media was in mourning as the fans of the NBA legend were deeply saddened by his tragic passing. Some even traveled to Los Angeles Staples Center to give tribute and honor the 41-yea-old’s legacy. National landmarks all throughout the country and the world have been lit in purple and gold to give tribute to the Lakers’ star. Moreover, murals all the way from L.A. to the Philippines have been created to commemorate Kobe.

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On Monday, NBA announced the postponement of the upcoming Lakers vs Clippers game which was scheduled for January 28, Tuesday, to give respect to the family of the victims as well as the Lakers organization.

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