Tron Foundation will dedicate its 2020 niTROn Summit to Kobe Bryant, an American NBA superstar who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.
Bryant, known for participating in Tron’s events died at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter.
Following the tragic news, the Tron Foundation announced that the upcoming niTROn Summit, a major Tron-hosted event that will be held from Feb. 29 to March 1 in Seoul, will be devoted to Bryant.
Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the LA Lakers, passed away today. Kobe is a member of the TRON Family. As such, we will be dedicating @niTROnSummit's festivities to his legendary life & legacy. Please share your favorite Kobe memories here pic.twitter.com/Ra8IzFBpbc — TRON Foundation (@Tronfoundation) January 26, 2020
Justing Sun too expressed his condolences, noting that it was one of his life’s greatest honors to meet Bryant at the niTROn 2019 event.
Kobe, was great to have met you in niTROn 2019. Mtg you was one of my life's greatest honor & privilege, I'll forever remember us on stage discussing the future of blockchain. We'll have a moment of silence in your honor during niTROn 2020. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/oMqU9ZpkKh — Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) January 26, 2020
Sun has been lambasted by the online crypto community for supposedly using Bryant’s name to promote his event. A number of crypto commentators on Twitter were outraged by the Tron Foundation and Sun’s reaction to the tragic loss, accusing them of using someone’s death for their own gains:
@justinsuntron at it again, using someone death for his own gains — Name (@malebn1) January 26, 2020
Other’s defended what they perceived to be an honest gesture of respect and condolence on behalf of the Tron community.
I think negative commenters are sick and @justinsuntron has given a great tribute to #KobeBryant . Life and death are part of life. What else can @justinsuntron or any can do on a Star's Death. You all are jealous of his successes. Your negative propaganda will bear no fruit. — Kamran – Hyderi – Gypsy -Fekir – Qalandari #♥️♥️♥ (@Djkamranbaloch) January 26, 2020