Graphic Kobe Bryant death crash pictures ‘shared by LA Sheriff’s Department’

Graphic images of the helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant , his daughter and seven others were shared by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department, the LA Times reported on Thursday.

Public safety sources reportedly told the Los Angeles Times they saw photos of the crash on the phone of a Sheriff's Department deputy two days after the crash.

The pictures are said to show the victims' remains and the crash site debris field and were allegedly taken in a setting not linked to the investigation.

It is unclear how widely the photos might have been shared or whether the images were taken by members of the Sheriff's Department at the scene or had received them.

Following enquiries from the LA Times, the Sheriff’s Department said Thursday the “matter is being looked into”.

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Family members of the crash have been informed of the allegations because The Times Inquired about them.

Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, attended a Celebration of Life honouring for Kobe and daughter Gianna, 13, at the Staples Centre on Monday.

Over 20,000 fans flocked to the sold-out arena to pay tribute to the basketball star along with the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian , Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner were also spotted at the Staples Center during the service.

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Vanessa opened the memorial with tearful remarks about her “baby girl” and her “soulmate”.

She said: “God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other.

“He had to bring them home to have them together.”

She concluded the speech by addressing Kobe directly: 'Babe, you take care of our Gigi.

"And I got Nani, Bibi and Coco. We're still the best team. We love and miss you, Boo Boo and Gigi.

"May you both rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again one day."

On the same day, Vanessa filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operate the helicopter.

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According to TMZ, Vanessa Bryant believes that the aircraft should have never been placed in danger and the pilot was flying recklessly.

The lawsuit alleges that Island Express were only allowed to fly under certain visual flight rules.

It is claimed that the foggy conditions in the area on the day of the crash would break such regulations, meaning the flight should have been grounded.

It is also claimed in the lawsuit that the aircraft was flying at 180mph in the heavy fog and also in a steep decline.

Daily Star Online has approached the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for comment.

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