Coach who died with Kobe Bryant is half-Filipina - kin


Posted at Jan 28 2020 07:20 AM | Updated as of Jan 28 2020 08:22 AM

Several hundred people gathered at several makeshift memorials for Kobe Bryant that spring up across the street from Staples Center. The longtime Los Angeles Laker was among the passengers who died Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

MANILA - A half-Filipina basketball coach was killed with NBA great Kobe Bryant and 7 others in a fiery helicopter crash this week, her relatives said Tuesday. 

The 38-year-old fatality was Christina Mauser, a coach at the Mamba Academy that Bryant co-owned, her cousin Melanie Ramil said. 

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"We are beyond heartbroken," Ramil wrote on Facebook. 

Mauser's husband Matt added that he and their 2 children were "devastated." 

"We lost our beautiful wife and mom," he said in a separate Facebook post. 

There were no survivors when the helicopter carrying Bryant and Mauser crashed in foggy weather in the suburb of Calabasas, where it caused a brush fire, authorities said. 

Among those killed were Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna. 

Bryant, a 5-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, was flying to a game where Gianna was expected to play in, according to US reports. 

Local media said the other victims included another player, a parent, and the pilot. With reports from Agence France-Presse; Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN News