Kobe Bryant crash anniversary: Reflecting on his death three years later

Portrait illustration of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
(Constance Brantley / For The Times)

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, along with Newport Beach residents John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan.

The Times looks back on the life of the Lakers legend three years later.

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