The publication announced Monday that it will memorialize the legendary Los Angeles Lakers player with a commemorative cover, to hit stands on Friday, Jan. 31.
TIME’s new commemorative cover: Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020 pic.twitter.com/zGlEToV3OM— TIME (@TIME) January 27, 2020
Bryant and eight other people — including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna — tragically died on Sunday after the famous basketball player’s helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles. Bryant was 41.
The black-and-white Time cover features an image of Bryant from the back. The angle was seemingly chosen to highlight the retired basketball player’s No. 24 jersey. Bryant appears to be bowing to an audience as a spotlight shines on him from above.
“Kobe Bryant,” reads the only text on the cover. “1978 – 2020.”
People on social media responded to Bryant’s death with an outpouring of grief. Many also took time to honor Gianna, who like her father was a basketball player:
His daughter should be with him on there. That is what I believe he would have wanted.— Nancy Swain (@nancyswain07) January 27, 2020