2020 Oscars To Honor Kobe Bryant At Awards Show

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The passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, has devastated people around the world as they mourn the loss of their sports hero.

The basketball icon was three years out of retirement but was already setting a foundation for the "second act" of his life.

One of his goals was to pursue the creative arts and he was off to a great start.

After becoming the first athlete to ever win an Academy Award for Best Animation Short in 2018 for Dear Basketball, a goodbye letter to his fans, Kobe had his sights on creating more projects involving people and sports via his multimedia company Granity Studios.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will acknowledge his passing at the 2020 Oscars ceremony on February 9.

The 5 time NBA Champion passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26th, along with this daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers.

Kobe's public memorial was initially going to be held at the Staples Center where he played for 20 years as a Laker but officials say they may move it to the L.A Coliseum as they expect the amount of people to show up will exceed the capacity of the arena.