Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California. Along with him, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was also killed in the crash. This sudden horrific news left the entire world shocked and the world mourned the loss of the basketball legend. Right from the sports community, Hollywood stars, to Bollywood personalities took to their social media and mourned his death. Hollywood stars Alicia Keys, Lil Nas X, Lizzo and others also paid tribute to Bryant at 2020 Grammys night.
Now, Hollywood’s biggest night aka the Oscars 2020, is inching closer and Kobe Bryant will reportedly be honored at the prestigious awards ceremony. According to E! News, the Academy Awards will honor Kobe and will pay a tribute to him. Kobe Bryant was not only a basketball legend, but he had also won an Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film, titled Dear Basketball in 2018. The short film, written and narrated by Kobe, is based on a letter Kobe Bryant wrote to announce his retirement from basketball. In his acceptance speech at the Oscars ceremony, he had said, “This feels better than winning the championship, to be honest with you. Growing up as a kid, I dreamed of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true, but then to have something like this seemingly come out of left field." ALSO READ: Ellen DeGeneres Breaks Down Mid Show While Talking About Tragic News Of NBA Star Kobe Bryant’s Demise- VIDEO
On Sunday, the Academy also paid a tribute to Kobe Bryant in an Instagram post that was captioned, “They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong.They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them wrong. They doubted he could make movies and he won an Oscar. Like all great artists, Kobe Bryant proved the doubters wrong. Rest in peace."
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