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Kylie Jenner found a way to make Kobe Bryant’s death about her

She said she rode the same helicopter that crashed.


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Jan 29, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 4:46 pm CDT

Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash—which also ended the lives of seven other passengers—hit home for Kylie Jenner. But her public statement on the tragedy didn’t quite land.

After days of silence, the mogul said Wednesday in an Instagram Story that she was a frequent flier on the same helicopter and that she once rented the chopper for a birthday event for Dream, her brother Rob Kardashian’s daughter. Jenner also noted that she knew the pilot, Ara Zobayan.

“Rest in peace and prayers to these families,” Jenner wrote along with a photo of the people who died in the crash. “I still can’t believe this. That was the helicopter I would fly on time to time with that pilot, Ara. He was such a nice man.”


She also tweeted that she was “praying” for the Bryant family.

But the sentiment was ill-received. Jenner faced backlash for what people saw as inserting herself into a tragedy for clout. One person commented: “#TheKardashians always find a way to insert themselves and make their names relevant when it’s totally NOT ABOUT YOU.”

Some commenters were even blunter, criticizing both Jenner and news outlets that reported on her comments.

“There’s not one person who gives a fuck about Kylie Jenner flying in Kobe’s helicopter,” one person wrote.

TMZ was similarly blasted on Sunday for breaking the news of Bryant’s death before the families of the deceased had been informed by authorities.


H/T Capital FM

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*First Published: Jan 29, 2020, 1:16 pm CST