How The Death of Kobe Bean Bryant Held The World Still

Ariel Zorrilla
3 min readJan 27, 2020

The unfathomable tragedy of 9 devastated millions, possibly billions with a meme


Kobe Bryant — NBA Basketball icon and Lakers legend, died yesterday morning alongside his daughter Gianna Bryant, Orange County baseball coach John Altobelli, and six others in a helicopter crash over Calabasas, CA.

Monday, January 26th, 2020 was surreal.

I remain speechless, frightened, and vulnerable to have lost an idol under these shocking circumstances. 41 is no age to lose your life.

Death distorts time. The world stood motionless yesterday as we all mourned the sudden death of one of the greatest athletes of all time.

How many times did you hear?

“Kobe can’t be dead, that’s impossible”

“Is this fake news?”

“WTF is happening?!”

“He just congratulated Lebron James the night before in Pennsylvania!”

This peice is unstructured and impromptu as I continue crying within the eerie 2 AM silence of my bedroom. I’ll avoid the anticipated biographical information on the God for more advanced journalists, but one thing weighs heavy as I write:

The Significance of “The Father Meme”

As Brendan Walker brilliantly pointed out in his tweet, this recently viral meme is now an adored gif in memoriam to both father and daughter. A testament to the public bond they shared sharpening the anatomy of the game.

Laughter, intrigue, comprehension, cohesion, compassion, trust, encouragement…

Ariel Zorrilla

Dominican-American artist, athlete, and artisanal perfumer from Brooklyn, NY. Ariel’s writing explores life.