What you missed for Jan. 27

Joel Oliphint
People gather outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles after learning of the death of former Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant was among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also among the confirmed dead, as well as Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and his wife and daughter, Keri and Alyssa. CNN also reports that "Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at a K-8 private school in Orange County, also died in the crash."

Bryant played his first NBA game for the Lakers at age 18 after graduating from Lower Merion High School outside of Philadelphia. Alongside Shaquille O'Neal, he led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000-2002, then led the team to two more championships in 2009 and 2010. He retired in 2016, and though his legacy as an NBA legend was cemented, an allegation of rape from 2003 tarnished his reputation (prosecutors eventually dropped the assault case; Bryant and his accuser later settled a civil lawsuit). In this ESPN piece, Jackie MacMullan wrestles with the legacy of Kobe, writing, "He was the most intelligent professional athlete I had ever encountered, curious and demanding and savvy and competitive and relentless and infinitely complicated."

Bryant was 41 at the time of his death. While it's too early to know if weather played a role in the crash, experts have begun questioning why the pilot decided to fly in the foggy conditions. According to USA Today, both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and Police Department grounded their choppers Sunday morning due to poor visibility. 


On Sunday night, 18-year-old Billie Eilish swept all four major categories at the Grammy Awards, becoming the first woman to win album, record and song of the year, plus best new artist. (We thought Lizzo would win out, but the singer only topped Eilish in best pop solo performance for "Truth Hurts.") The last artist to sweep the four biggest categories was Christopher Cross in 1981. Also Aerosmith performed, and it was bad.


After losing six out of its last seven games, the Ohio State men's basketball team finally got another win, toppling Northwestern 71-59.


Check out Columbus Alive's Instagram for Rob Hardin's photos of the 2020 Bands to Watch concert at Ace of Cups.