It’s been confirmed, Kobe Bryant has passed away in a helicopter crash in California earlier today. Tragically, he was with one of his four daughters and everyone was killed in the accident. Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant missed the cutoff for millennial status by just a few years and is officially a Gen X’er. But it feels like us millennials had more exposure to his greatness. He became an icon for all millennial children, including myself. It was almost guaranteed that any young millennial basketball fan had a Kobe Bryant poster in their room. He became a household name and even turned his own name into a verb. To this day when we shoot a crumpled up piece of paper into the trash bin we shout out “Kobe!” and everyone knows who you’re talking about. This is the biggest basketball legend to pass away in the millennial’s lifetime so far. He was amazing to watch, Kobe Bryant was the millennial’s Micheal Jordan. And we just lost him. Even people who don’t follow basketball know who Kobe Bryant is. It was a treat to be able to watch him play growing up. Pretending to be him. Pretending to be as awesome as he actually was. Truly one of the most talented basketball players to ever play the game. Farewell.