NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried Friday at a Southern California cemetery following their deaths on January 26 in a helicopter crash, death certificates released Tuesday by Los Angeles County officials show.
Their resting place is Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California, the documents state. The cemetery is about two miles from the Pacific Ocean and less than a 10-minute drive from the family’s church, Our Lady Queen of Angels, in Newport Beach.
No details about a graveside service were released.
The Bryants are Catholic, and Kobe Bryant stopped by the parish’s chapel just hours before the fatal crash.
The death certificates list Bryant as an “author, producer, and athlete” and his daughter as a “coach and student.”
The other victims of the crash, which occurred in the hills of Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, were Gianna’s teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester; Alyssa’s parents, John and Keri; Payton’s mother, Sarah; assistant girls basketball coach Christina Mauser; and helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan.
A memorial service for the Altobellis was held Monday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
The remains of the crash victims were returned to their families in early February, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The cause of death for all nine victims was determined to be blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was certified as accident, the medical examiner’s office said.
However, it is not yet known what caused the crash, which occurred while the helicopter was taking the Bryants and the others to a youth basketball tournament. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board issued last week stated there weren’t any signs of engine failure from the wreckage recovered from the crash site. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, had nearly navigated the helicopter out of blinding clouds when it turned and plunged into a mountainside.
The group was expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball game on the day the helicopter crashed.
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