Jan. 28, 2020 update: It has been confirmed that both Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna went to Mass the Sunday they died in a helicopter accident. A spokesman for the parish told media that they attended the 7 AM service at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach, CA. Both father and daughter received Holy Communion.

Sports fans around the world are mourning the deaths of basketball star Kobe Bryant and his young daughter in a tragic helicopter crash. The star was a practicing Catholic who had attended Sunday Mass just hours before the crash.

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside near Calabasas, California yesterday. The pilot and the six other passengers on board the flight also perished in the accident.

The above comes from Jan. 27 and 28 stories on LifeSite News.