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Kobe Bryant’s Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Helicopter Company As L.A. Memorial Begins

As thousands gather in the Staples Center right now for Kobe Bryant’s official memorial and an opening song by Beyoncé, the basketball legend and Oscar winner’s widow is suing the company that owned the chopper that fatally crashed on January 26.

“Defendant Island Express Helicopters authorized, directed and/or permitted with full knowledge that the subject helicopter was flying into unsafe weather conditions,” says the wrongful death complaint from Vanessa Bryant just filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this morning.

“Defendant Island Express Helicopters’ breach of its duty and negligence caused the injuries and damages complained of herein and Plaintiffs’ deceased, Kobe Bryant, was killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Defendant Island Express Helicopters is vicariously liable in all respects,” the 27-claim document adds.

Along with the recently retired Los Angeles Laker star, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in the Calabasas chopper crash late last month. Among those who died in the dense fog that day pilot was Ara Zobayan, who frequently stewarded the Bryants.

Seeking unspecified and various damages, the suit claims the “negligent” Zobayan did not “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft.”

Vanessa Bryant is represented by attorneys Brad Brian of Munger, Tolles & Olson and Robb & Robb’s Gary Robb