Kobe Bryant Makes Forbes List of ‘Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities’

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As hard as it is to still believe that Kobe Bryant dies in 2020, it’s even crazier to realize that he has been gone almost 10 months now.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend tragically lost his life on January 26th in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of daughter and several others.

In the months since his death, his estate pulled in an estimated $20 million in earnings, according to Forbes. After his death on January 26, Nike immediately sold out of Mamba merchandise. In August, Nike released colorways of the Kobe V Protro and a limited-edition jersey to honor Bryant’s legacy.

Kobe’s jersey was the second-best seller for the Lakers organization after the team won the championship, coming only behind LeBron James.

Bryant’s 2018 autobiography “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” also sold more than 300,000 copies this year, 10 times more than last year.

Kobe was #6 on Forbes’ highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020. Michael Jackson, who dies in 2009, earned $48 million this year, earning him the top spot.

Bryant was reportedly worth $600 million at the time of his death.