The bodies of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven friends who died alongside them in a California helicopter crash have been released to their families, it was confirmed Tuesday.
The nine aboard the Sikorsky S-76B that crashed in thick fog in Calabasas on Jan. 26 all died of blunt force trauma, including 50-year-old pilot Ara Zobayan, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled.
Now all nine bodies have been released to their families while the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the fiery crash, the coroner’s office confirmed to The Post.
They include basketball legend Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, who was also a hoops hopeful, and their regular pilot, Zobayan.
Also killed were girls’ basketball coach Christina Mauser, 38; mom Sarah Chester, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter, Payton Chester; and college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, his wife, Keri Altobelli, 46, and their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli.
Mauser’s husband, Matt Mauser, previously spoke of how close the group were, saying, “It was a family. They all really cared for each other.
“They were amazing people … They were wonderful, they were warm,” he told the “Today” show. “They loved their kids and they were so proud that their kids were growing.”
The group was expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game on the day the helicopter crashed about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
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