UTS Journalism student Pnina Hagege is in Los Angeles where fans of basketball star Kobe Bryant are still gathering in grief at makeshift street memorials.
Kobe Bryant’s sudden death in a helicopter crash, alongside his daughter Gianna and seven other people, shook the sporting world – and left Los Angles reeling.
The 41-year-old had played 20 seasons with the LA Lakers. Earlier this week, the club and its players were so consumed by grief that the National Basketball Association made a rare decision to call off its next game.
In a media release, the NBA announced: “the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers [game]… at the Staples Center has been postponed” until an unknown date.
It also employed grief counsellors.
One of the places fans are gathering to mourn their hero is Melrose Avenue. Candles and flowers are being placed by his mural and post-it notes are being used to send messages of support to his wife and surviving children.