Kobe Bryant art provides comfort on social media following Lakers legend’s death

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Philippine based artist André Manguba created this tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on Instagram with more than 58,000 likes.
(André Manguba)

In the days since Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, some fans have posted moving artistic tributes to the Lakers legend on social media.

Most of the drawings depict Bryant in the heavens, usually playing basketball or on a court, often with Gianna and sometimes with rapper Nipsey Hussle or others who also have left this world too soon.

And more often than not, Kobe and Gianna are shown with halos over their heads.


Here is a sampling of some of the heartfelt artwork that could provide comfort to those grieving over the tragedy.

After Art Gozukuchikyan heard that Kobe Bryant had died in the hills above Los Angeles, he transformed into Artoon.

In a request for Kobe Bryant memories, some fans expressed themselves through poetry.

There were balloons and jerseys, smiling teddy bears and scuffed basketballs. But the gut punches were delivered by notes that had been written on paper, cardboard, or greeting cards.

Nine people, including Kobe Bryant, were killed when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in Calabasas.

We don’t need perfect victims to idolize. We need imperfect human beings who show us how become better versions of ourselves. Nipsey and Kobe did that.