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How to Mourn a Person With a Complicated Legacy

Kobe Bryant’s death has raised difficult questions about how we express grief for imperfect people — that is, all of us

A Los Angeles Lakers fan, Victor, mourns the death of retired NBA star Kobe Bryant. Photo: Rachel Luna/Getty Images

WWhen basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven other passengers, the international outpouring of grief was swift and passionate.

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Luisa Colón

Luisa Colón

Luisa Colón is a Brooklyn based writer (WAKING UP IN GRAVESEND) and artist. Recent work is available at luisacolon.com; Insta @suchthingsido.