Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash

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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna along with 7 other people died in a helicopter crash.

TMZ was first to report the incident. Following the news of his death, the Basketball world has been sent into mourning.

The Lakers legend was 41-years old and won five NBA championship for the franchise. He spent his entire career with the Lakers franchise. He was also named to the All-Star Game 18 times and was named All-Star MVP four times.

Kobe Bryant

He also represented the team USA in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, where he won the gold medal.

He also won an Oscar in 2018 for the animated movie ‘Dear Basketball’, where he was the executive producer.

Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed,” Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter.Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.”

The crash occurred at 10 am in the morning in the hills of Calabasas and as the chopper crashed a fire broke out making it impossible for the fire fighting services to rescue him. Sikorsky S-76 helicopter was the name of the chopper that went down.

We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball. This is a monumental loss for the entire community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family.” The NBA players association said in a statement.

His former teammate Shaquille O’Neal also reacted to the news.

There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice (sic) Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.” O’Neal tweeted.

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