NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Reportedly Killed in Helicopter Crash
Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California, according to multiple reports including those by TMZ Sports and ESPN.
Five people were on the helicopter Bryant was aboard when it crashed near Calabasas, California.
He was 41-years-old.
Vanessa Bryant, his wife, was not one of the five people who died in the crash. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, no one aboard the helicopter survived.
Avoid the area until further notice.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
Bryant was drafted to the NBA out of high school in 1996 and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships. He was awarded NBA MVP in 2008 and NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.
He won gold medals as a member of the U.S. men’s basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
LeBron James surpassed Bryant on the all-time scoring list on Saturday during the Lakers’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bryant tweeted out, congratulating James on beating his record.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother ???????? #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
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