Did Kobe Bryant die? Lakers superstar reportedly killed in helicopter crash (confirmed)

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Basketball fans across the globe are shocked and grieving today as Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s greatest players has reportedly died in a helicopter crash over California today. This sad news was confirmed by Local 10 News.

Five other passengers were on board when the helicopter when it went down near Calabasas, which is located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and in the northwest Santa Monica Mountains this morning.

According to early reports, Bryant’s wife Vanessa was reportedly not on the helicopter. As of this post, outside of the pilot, the identities of who the other five passengers were and where the helicopter was taking Bryant. Also, there is no known reason why the helicopter crashed.

The NBA superstar played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before spending some formative years in Italy where his father played professional basketball. After his father retired, Bryant returned state side and became one of the top high school players in the country, At the age of 17, Kobe was chosen #13 of high school in the 1996 NBA Draft.

Kobe retired four seasons ago in 2016 as a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history and was selected to an NBA record 18 consecutive NBA All-Star Games. Recently, LeBron James surpassed his fellow Lakers Legend on the all-time points list.

Like David Stern, the NBA’s former commissioner that recently passed away, Kobe was more than just a player. In fact, he was seen more than the NBA superstar that he was and basketball Hall of Famer, he was an icon to players and fans alike. No doubt his passing came as a shock especially considering Bryant’s relatively young age of 41 years old.

 

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  • His legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace to the legend Kobe Bryant and to his daughter Gianna Bryant. R.I.P. Mamba.

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