By Dan Heching For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:21 GMT, 29 January 2020 | Updated: 02:22 GMT, 29 January 2020
The organization responsible for the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, has revealed that it is planning to honor late basketball star Kobe Bryant during the 2020 Oscars telecast on February 9, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While the overwhelming majority of Bryant's fans remember him for his unparalleled accomplishments on the basketball court, Kobe was also an Oscar-winning producer for his 2017 autobiographical animated short film Dear Basketball, which he also wrote and voiced.
Kobe, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash amid uncharacteristically foggy conditions on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.
Multi-faceted legend: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revealed that it is planning to honor late basketball star Kobe Bryant during the 2020 Oscars on February 9
News of his sudden death sent shock waves throughout both the sports and entertainment worlds, with athletes, actors and various institutions alike honoring the Los Angeles Lakers icon via social media.
AMPAS itself paid tribute to Bryant Sunday following the fatal accident, posting a smiling picture of the Oscar winner holding his statuette at the 2018 ceremony.
The touching caption read, 'They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong. They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them