Kobe Bryant, 41, known as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game, has reportedly been killed in a private helicopter crash in or near Calabasas, California.
According to Daily Mail US, he was traveling with three or four others when the apparent crash occurred. TMZ Sports confirmed Bryant’s death.
Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was reportedly not on board the helicopter when it crashed. Multiple news outlets are reporting that five people on board the private helicopter were killed.
Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri.
This is a developing story and will be updated appropriately.
Unreal. One of the greatest in basketball history has left us all too soon. I don’t know what to say but let’s pray for his family. Kobe Bryant Dead, Dies in Helicopter Crash https://t.co/RKxlJLTgb5
— Gianno Caldwell (@GiannoCaldwell) January 26, 2020
“The 18-time NBA All-Star spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships before he retired in 2016. He was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.”
Thinking of Kobe talking basketball with his daughter. My favorite pastime is watching/taking sports with my kids. I felt connected with him..thinking of his daughters right now. Kobe appeared to be an invested Dad. A self-improver who would have aged/parented well. #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/FUNnHQwZw6
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) January 26, 2020