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

Luisa Colón
Forge

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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
Forge

Luisa Colón is a Brooklyn-based writer (BAD MOON RISING/2023, Cemetery Dance Publications), editor, and artist.