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America: NBA legend & five times champion, Kobe Bryant, 41 & daughter, 13, seven others, die in a helicopter crash

NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash aged just 41.

According to TMZ, the LA Lakers icon was travelling with three others in a private aircraft when it came down in Calabasas near LA, California, US.

 NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash

 
NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash

It is understood up to FIVE people have died in the crash, with nobody on board surviving.

An investigation into the incident – which happened on Sunday morning – is underway.

According to reports, the helicopter went up in a ball of fire after hitting the ground.

He is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters, who are thought to have not been on board.

His shock death sparked an outpouring of grief from the basketball world.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic tweeting: “NO PLEASE, I’m shaking this can’t be true please.”

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said: “Please no. Please God no. It can’t be true.”

Tristan Thompson added: “I hope this isn’t true man!!! Not Kobe.”

Bryant was drafted straight to the NBA from high school — where he won the Pennsylvania state championship in 1996.

He was picked up by the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the Lakers.

Bryant, who stepped away from the game in 2016, spent his first 10 seasons wearing No 8 and his final 10 in No 24, with The Lakers retiring both jerseys.

Kobe’s career in numbers

  • 4th highest all-time NBA scorer – 33,643
  • 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
  • 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011
  • 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001)
    2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
  • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007)
  • OLYMPIC CHAMPION: Beijing 2008, London 2012

-Sun – UK 

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