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Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Dead at 41 in Helicopter Crash

Update 1/26/20 1:50 pm: Calabasas residents knew something was wrong when they heard Kobe’s helicopter. According to ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, residents reported a “falling noise.”

Update: One of Kobe’s daughters, Gianna Maria Onore, 13, was on board when the helicopter went down. They were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice.

It’s a sad day for sports fans as reports have been rolling in that Kobe Bryant, the former guard for the LA Lakers, was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning.

It’s unclear what caused the crash but TMZ Sports confirmed that 41-year-old Bryant and four other people were killed in the crash of Bryant’s private helicopter, and that his wife was not on board the helicopter when it went down. His daughters, however, may have been according to an on-air report by ABC News.

The LA Times reported that foggy conditions may have contributed to the crash near Las Virgenes Road and that while the crash started a small brushfire, the damage was contained to the crash site.

Kobe Bryant was beloved by basketball fans around the world and was an all-star in 18 of his twenty seasons with the Lakers, as well being named league MVP in 2008. He won five championships with the Lakers and two Olympic gold medals.

A class act until the end, Bryant’s final social media post was a tweet congratulating LeBron James for surpassing Bryant’s career 33,643 points to become the third-highest scoring player in NBA history.

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