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Kobe Bryant death : The five-time NBA champion killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas


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By ViraLivo - January 26, 2020



US basketball legend Kobe Bryant was among five people killed during a helicopter crash within the city of Calabasas, California.

Bryant, 41, was traveling during a private helicopter when it crashed and burst into flames, consistent with reports.


The best Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was afraid to die in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. 



There were no survivors of the crash,  said on twitter by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The five-time NBA champion was widely considered one among the best players within the game's history.

Tributes from celebrities and fellow sports stars are pouring in, many expressing shocks at his overtime.

"Please no. Please god no. It cannot be true," basketball player Kevin Love wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, the town of Calabasas said it had been "with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and 4 others during a helicopter crash".

"The aircraft went down during a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the bottom was hurt," it added.

Authorities are investigating the explanation for the crash and therefore the LA County Sheriff's Department said there would be a press conference at 22:00 GMT.

It is not yet clear who else was on board.

Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the l. a. Lakers. He retired in April 2016.

His achievements include being the 2008 NBA most valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also a two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.


Mr. Bryant, who retired because the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer with 33,643 points, was expected to be inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on the primary ballot this summer. He was a headlining member of a star-studded class that also includes Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

Kobe Bean Bryant was born in Philadelphia on Aug. 23, 1978. His given name was inspired by the high-end beef served at an area Japanese steakhouse, his name by the nickname given to his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, an expert basketball player who played with teams including the Philadelphia 76ers.

He also won an Oscar for the best short animated film in 2018 for Dear Basketball, a five-minute film supported love letter to the game he had written in 2015.
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