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Basketball all-star and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, first reported by TMZ.
He was 41 years of age.
Everyone in the helicopter has died. His wife, Vanessa, and three of his daughters (Natalia, Bianca and newborn Capri) were not onboard the helicopter, according to the TMZ report.
News broke shortly after the initial reports that daughter Gianna, 13, was also killed in the crash, first reported by TMZ. They were heading to the Mamba training academy for basketball practice.
Bryant, nicknaming himself the Black Mamba for his ability to strike with unparalleled accuracy like the snake, was well-known for traveling via helicopter to games while he played for the L.A. Lakers, and continued to travel often by helicopter after retiring.
He played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers where he won five championships. Him and Shaquille O’Neal were an unstoppable duo for much of their time playing together. He also had other amazing feats as a basketball star, including scoring 81 points in a single game, being 4th all-time scoring, being NBA MVP in 2008 and was twice NBA finals MVP.
The investigation into the helicopter crash is ongoing.
Bryant had many other interests, including music and film. His short film “Dear Basketball” won an Oscar in 2018.
Recently Bryant was often seen taking his daughter to Lakers games.
Reaction to his passing and tributes began pouring in immediately after the tragic news of his passing was first reported Sunday afternoon.
In Bryant’s last tweet on Twitter he congratulated current Lakers star LeBron James for surpassing him as the third highest all-time scorer.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.