Legendary NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Legendary NBA Star Kobe Bryant, who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas.

According to the LA Times, the crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road. Four others on board also died. There are no survivors from the crash.

TMZ reported that his wife Vannesa Bryant was not on board. Kobe and Vanessa have four children: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and their infant daughter Capri.

There are no reports confirming whether or not any of his children were on board.

As reported by TV Line, Bryant was a first-round draft pick out of high school in 1996. He was the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets, who later traded him to the Lakers.

Bryant stayed with the Lakers for two decades, winning five championships and making 18 all-star games. He won two NBA Finals MVPs and was the league MVP in 2008. Bryant is currently the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history, and the first player to spend 20 seasons with the same franchise.

Bryant’s last post over the weekend congratulated LeBron James on passing him for the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Kobe Bryant was 41.

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