NBA Star, Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash At 41
Kobe Bryant Dead: Kobe Bryant has died in a Helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, this Sunday morning. The NBA star was traveling with four other people in the private helicopter before it crashed 40 miles North-West of Los Angeles. All passengers aboard are reported dead, according to reputable sources.
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant and his surviving four daughters were not on the plane which went down at 10:01 am. Firefighters rushed to the scene after the helicopter went down in a ball of flames, according to the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s office.
The Basketball world has been thrown into shock and disbelief, and a lot of tweets have been pouring in.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic tweeted: “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.”
The aircraft is reported to be owned by Bryant.
BRIEF HISTORY OF KOBE BRYANT
Kobe Bryant started his career in 1996 after winning the Pennysylvania state championship. He was drafted straight from high school into the NBA. He started out at the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the lakers where he stayed for two decades, clinching a historic five championships while making 18 All-Star Games.
Bryant retired from the game in 2016 and for the first 10 seasons wearing his No 8 jersey and his final 10 seasons, he wore No 24. The lakers have now retired both Jerseys.
The 42-year-old led the LA team to three back-to-back NBA championships from 2000-2002, forming a formidable partnership with Shaquille O’Neal on the court.
UPDATE: Bryant’s 13 year old daughter, Gianna was aboard the plane with him, TMZ confirms. They were headed to a basketball academy in Mamba.