Kobe Bryant honored at Oscars by Spike Lee and others

  • Kobe Bryant honored at Oscars by Spike Lee and others

Kobe Bryant honored at Oscars by Spike Lee and others

Two years later, the five-time National Basketball Association champion was honored at the 2020 Academy Awards on February 9, after passing away in a tragic helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other victims just two weeks before the show.

It has been just over two weeks since Kobe Bryant tragically lost his life on January 26 along with his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others. Director Spike Lee paid tribute him with his purple and gold outfit, and the five-time National Basketball Association champion also was remembered late in the night during the "in memorium" segment. The custom purple-and-gold suit donned the numbers "2" and "4" on the lapels and a complete "24" on the back. The group, which also included Chester's mom and both of Altobelli's buddy, as well as basketball coach Christina Mauser, was traveling to a basketball game when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter piloted by Ara Zobayan crashed into a hillside.

Lee took time to speak with red carpet host Ryan Seacrest about the death of his friend and collaborator.

"Da Lee's are in DA House", he captioned the photo accompanied by three purple hearts. Rather than a traditional pair of dress shoes, Lee completed the look with a pair of basketball-ready orange Nike sneakers. Throughout the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night, Bryant was the first one shown on the In Memoriam tribute. News. "I just gotta continue to do my work". "I'm glad we do a little bit more than that". "You know, spreading love is the Brooklyn way", the director added.