One year ago, Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. along with seven others: John Altobelli, an Orange Coast College baseball coach; Keri Altobelli, his wife; Alyssa Altobelli, their daughter; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy; Payton Chester, a player on the Academy’s team, Sarah Chester, her mother; and Ara Zobayan, the pilot.
In a post shared to Instagram, Alex Rodriguez reflected on how he couldn’t believe it’s been a year since the world experienced the tragic loss of his “brother” and friend, noting “it still doesn’t feel real.”
“Kobe was so much more than just a basketball player and he was destined for even more greatness,” he wrote alongside a photo and video montage. “His journey was truly just beginning and it still hurts so much thinking about how much good he had left to do. I miss our conversations. I miss texting about family, business, sports and music. I miss him.”