Famous, revered public figures dying unexpectedly is not uncommon. Often, it happens multiple times in the same year. There is, however, something exceptionally tragic and unexpected about the untimely death of Kobe Bryant alongside his daughter and seven other victims on board a helicopter last Sunday.
What can I say that has not been said better a hundred times over in the days since, especially by those who had a personal relationship with Kobe or the other victims of the crash? Of course, nothing. Yet I feel compelled to put down a few thoughts, in the hope to sort through the bleakness of the event and find some kind of speck of light in the aftermath.