dailystar: A cartoon which joked about Kobe Bryant being killed in a helicopter crash back in 2016 has been pulled by producers after the shock death of the NBA legend.
Bryant, 41, died alongside daughter Gianna, 13, and seven other passengers when the Sikorsky S-76B they were travelling in crashed in California on Sunday.
It led to footage of a clip from short-lived Comedy Central cartoon Legends of Chamberlain Heights being circulated on social media in which Bryant is involved in a helicopter crash.
The episode, entitled “End of Days”, was originally aired on November 16, 2016 and portrayed Bryant trapped in the wreckage of a plane with his NBA trophies before it explodes.
Characters then take his NBA Championship rings joking they were “Shaq’s anyway” in reference to the feud which once occurred between the two superstars at the LA Lakers.
Whilst the show only ran for 20 episodes and was concluded in August 2017, the Twitter account for the show begged for the video clip not to be shared and confirmed it had been removed in a heartfelt post.
They wrote: “Out of respect for Kobe and his family we have removed the clip of him and ask that you please don’t share it.
“RIP Kobe and Gigi Bryant and everyone else who died in the helicopter crash today.”
Out of respect for Kobe and his family we have removed the clip of him and ask that you please don’t share it.
RIP Kobe and Gigi Bryant and everyone else who died in the helicopter crash today
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) January 26, 2020
The link to the episode on the Comedy Central website has now been removed and the clip deleted from their Facebook page out of respect for the Bryant family.
They were not the only people to have “predicted” Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash, with a tweet from a user back in 2012 going viral after stating: “Kobe is going to end up dying in a helicopter crash”.
As has been pointed out, Bryant was a regular user of helicopters, travelling to practice and games with the Lakers in the private aircraft.
The helicopter became known as the “Mamba Chopper” and was wrapped in black with his logos for his final NBA appearance.
Despite being 29-years-old, the helicopter was in “fantastic” condition and owned by a company with a “very good maintenance programme”, according to his former pilot.
Kurt Deetz flew the helicopter for Bryant between 2014 and 2016 but dismissed the notion of an engine failure, stating bad weather was likely the cause of the tragedy.
Deetz told the Los Angeles Times:”The likelihood of a catastrophic twin engine failure on that aircraft – it just doesn’t happen.”
Source: Published by dailystar