Kobe Bryant, the legendary NBA player who inspired millions around the world, has died in helicopter crash, reports said Sunday, January 26..
Bryant, 41 and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria were among five people travelling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky, TMZ sports reported.
Sources say the conditions were foggy in the hills overlooking Calabasas, with the chopper sparking a bush fire.
There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Report indicate Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper.
Bryant played for Los Angeles Lakers for two decades winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before retiring following the 2016 season.
Kobe Bryant was not only a basketball legend but an inspiration to children of the colour, he proved that you don't have to inherit royalty genes to succeed in life.
— Otiato Andayi (@andayiotiato) January 26, 2020
Kobe's daughter Gianna Maria — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash, reps for Kobe Bryant tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.
TMZ reports they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. pic.twitter.com/jqb9VxlQMn
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) January 26, 2020
Rest in Peace Kobe pic.twitter.com/PIMjFatfHx
— Mr. Clutch (@ClutchNBA_) January 26, 2020
In case anyone needs to hear this today. You’ll be missed Kobe.
— Crentist (@DinkinFlicka_FC) January 26, 2020
Friends, I just learned of the shocking death of Kobe Bryant, the legendary basketball icon here in Los Angeles. We pray for the repose of his soul, along with the others killed in the helicopter crash. May the Lord grant them his mercy and welcome them into his heavenly kingdom. pic.twitter.com/3ngYRC0zZn
— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) January 26, 2020
The crash came only hours after the former Los Angeles Lakers star was passed by current Lakers star LeBron James for third on the all-time NBA scoring list in a Saturday, January 25 game at Philadelphia.
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