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A Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant statue has been placed at the crash site on the 2-year anniversary of the helicopter crash.

On Wednesday, a sculpture of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant was transported to the helicopter accident site in Los Angeles, where they died along with seven others two years ago.

The bronze monument, which weighs 160 pounds (73 kilograms), represents Gigi clutching Kobe’s hand as it rests on her shoulder. Both of them are dressed in basketball uniforms.

The names of all nine victims of the crash, which occurred early in the morning on January 26, 2020, in foggy weather, are engraved on the statue’s steel pedestal.It also includes an inscription of Bryant’s famous quote: “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”

Sculptor Dan Medina said he hoped the statue could help Bryant’s many fans. “On this day, the second anniversary of the accident, I decided to bring it up from sunrise to sunset and create a bit of a healing process for fans,” he said. “Today was special because I witnessed a lot of that. People would come up and they would leave with some sort of satisfaction.”

Bryant’s death at the age of 41 stunned the world of professional sports and drove his legions of admirers into mourning. He was a five-time NBA champion in his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant, who had lived in the area for most of his life, frequently utilized helicopters to avoid Los Angeles’s congested traffic, and was taking Gianna to a basketball game at his academy outside of town on the day of the incident. At the time of the accident, his daughter was 13 years old.

Hundreds of admirers came to pay their respects, including Nicole Szuch-Dinets of Woodland Hills.“I remember when this happened. We live close and we could hear the helicopter,” she said. “And then it popped up on my phone and we didn’t believe it. So I wanted to come out of respect and I thought this statue is beautiful.”

Tributes to Bryant by his friends, fans and former teammates poured out on social media on Wednesday.

“I know many of you are out there and you miss him and still wish to see his brilliance on the court, and what he was doing as a dad,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said of Bryant. “It was wonderful the way he was coaching girls and getting them into the game. I hope all of you out there remember him the way you should and give your prayers to his wife and family.”

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