NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died after a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
TMZ say the Basketball icon passed away along with four other people, including his 13-year old daughter Gianna, who also onboard the private aircraft when it went down and set on fire this morning.
It's believed his wife Vanessa was not on the helicopter.
Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash. #LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing.
Avoid the area until further notice.
- LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant, the NBA and MVP who spanned a 20-year career with the L.A. Lakers, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. He was 41.
- Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
.@abc7 has retweeted this additional confirmation of Kobe Bryant's death from reporter Curt Sandoval.
I would prefer not to believe it, either. https://t.co/VT4JqVMjMv
- Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) January 26, 2020
The 41-year old spent his entire 20-year career at Los Angeles Lakers, winning a total of five NBA championships and making a total of 18 All-Star sides.
Both of his jersey numbers - No.8 and No.24 - were retired by the Lakers.
He was also a two-time Olympic champion as well as an author, producer, and writer, scooping an Oscar for his 2018 short film 'Dear Basketball' - the visual adaptation of a love letter to the sport from 2015.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.