The California company that owned Kobe Bryant’s doomed helicopter is due to receive more than $600,000 in federal stimulus money meant to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Island Express Helicopters received a grant for $603,838 in “total anticipated payroll support” on May 5th, the U.S. Treasury Department’s online records confirm.
The Long Beach-based operator closed its doors after the crash and has been the subject of several lawsuits since the tragedy claimed the lives of the NBA star, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, including the pilot.
Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death claim in February, naming Island Express and the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan as defendants.
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