Payton Chester (born in 2007 – died January 26, 2020) was an American basketball player based in California, USA. She played basketball with Gianna Bryant and Alyssa Altobelli for the Mambas girls’ team. However, she lost her life in the helicopter crash that happened on January 26.
The unfortunate and deadly accident killed Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant and her dad Kobe Bryant (Former NBA Player). Other people present with them were John Altobelli (Coach, Orange Coast College) with his wife Keri Altobelli and daughter named Alyssa Altobelli.
Christina Mauser (Harbor Day School, Coach), Ara Zobayan (Pilot), and Sarah Chester (Payton’s mother) died in the accident. All of them traveled in the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter.
In the morning, they departed from the John Wayne Airport of Orange County. Due to the poor weather conditions, the helicopter crashed near Calabasas, California. It caught fire suddenly. Soon, the Los Angeles County Fire Department officials reached the site. However, the lives of the passengers could not save.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings & Childhood
Payton Chester was born in 2007 in California. As of 2020, her age was 13 years old. The name of her mom is Sarah Chester.
Her brother, named Riley Chester, wrote an emotional tribute on Instagram. Furthermore, Payton finished her elementary education from Harbor View Elementary School.
Before her death, she continued her studies at St. Margaret Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano. Payton’s father, Hayden Chester, looked depressed after losing his wife and daughter.
|Real Full Name||Payton Chester.|
|In the News For||Died in the helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.|
|Age (as of 2020)||13 years old.|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Death Date||January 26, 2020.|
|Zodiac Sign||Not Available.|
|House In||California (United States).|
|Parents||Father: Hayden Chester.
Mother: Sarah Chester.
|Siblings||Brother: Riley Chester.|
|Highest Qualification||Studied in High School.|
|School||1. Harbor View Elementary School.
2. St. Margaret Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano.
Some Lesser Known Facts about Payton Chester
- Todd Schmidt (Principal, Harbor View Elementary School) has written a tribute message on Facebook for Payton.
- Around 200 people took basketball and wore Bryant t-shirts.
- They gathered near the hill.
- On the other hand, the NBA Los Angeles Lakers team formed a memorial at the staples center.
- In the Grammy Award 2020, people paid tribute to the victims who died in the crash.
- The American politicians Barrack Obama (Former US President) and Donald Trump (US President) consoled on the death of the Kobe and family.
- Payton Chester planned to be in the fresher year in high school.
- Furthermore, she aimed to play basketball for her team.
- Bill and Hilary Clinton also released an official statement and showed their sadness on the unfortunate accident.
- In addition to this, they thanked Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, who supported the housing project in the USA.