Breaking news: US media is reporting that basketball great Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash.
Kobe Bryant and eight others died including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna when his private helicopter went down on Sunday morning.
The news was confirmed by TMZ, who said that the former Los Angeles Lakers star and all other passengers were killed in the crash in Calabas, California.
Nine dead in total
According to eye-witnesses, the helicopter’s engine spluttered before it went down.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am after a fire broke out.
Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He made 18 All-Star teams during his 20-year career with the Lakers.
Kobe was included on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and was top points scorer for two seasons. In total, he ranks fourth in NBA history for scoring.
Kobe was the youngest player in NBA history to hit 30,000 points. And in 2006, he scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006.
Because of those achievements, the Lakers retired both of Kobe’s jerseys, the number 8 and 24.
Kobe, 41, leaves behind his wife Vanessa and their daughters Natalia, Bianca and Capri.
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