UPDATE: It is now being reported that five people died in the helicopter crash that claimed NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s life. One of the victims is his 13-year-old daughter Gianna a.k.a. Gigi Bryant.
TMZ and Variety are reporting NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA Sunday. He was 41. Bryant owned a helicopter and would often take the helicopter to games from his Newport Beach, CA home to the Staples Center. Three other people also died in the helicopter crash. Their bodies have not yet been identified.
Bryant’s last tweet was a celebratory tweet to LeBron James.
Bryant played 20 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers. His career averages were 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 1,346 regular season games. Bryant won 1 MVP Award and was selected to play in 18 All-Star Games.
In 2018, Kobe Bryant won an Academy Award for best animated short for his film Dear Basketball. Watch the film below:
Bryant was a first round draft pick in 1996. In 2016, Bryant scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz in a 101-96 win at Staples Center at his final game.
He is married to Vanessa Bryant with whom he shares four children. This story is developing.
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