Autopsy Reports Released for Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna and Other Victims in Helicopter Crash

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

Autopsy reports were released Friday afternoon by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office regarding the victims in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others. 

The causes of the deaths of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others was blunt trauma, according to the LA Medical Examiner Twitter feed.

The LA Medical Examiner report said, "The manner of death was certified as accident."

The autopsy on the pilot, Ara Zobayan, showed he didn't have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. 

The other victims, in addition to Bryant, his daughter, and Zobayan, were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton and Christina Mauser.

Bryant and the eight others died Jan. 26 when their helicopter crashed in heavy fog in Calabasas. They were on their way to a tournament at the academy.

Bryant and his daughter were given a farewell memorial at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles in February. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's wife and widow, also filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company,  Island Express, alleging negligence.

As recently as this past week, family of the pilot,  Ara Zobayan, said Bryant knew the risks of flying in a helicopter.

Autopsy reports for the #Calabasas helicopter crash victims released https://t.co/MSDIX3Rct1

— LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner (@lacountymec) May 15, 2020