NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Killed in a Helicopter Crash

Publish Date
Monday, 27 January 2020, 9:12AM
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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant has died in a private helicopter crash near Los Angeles in the United States.

He was 41.

Eight others died in the crash, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna, also known as Gigi.

A friend of Gianna, her father and the pilot are reported to be among the dead.

The group is thought to have been travelling to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball practice session. 

The helicopter caught fire after crashing and emergency services responded, but the LA County Sheriffs Office says there were no survivors.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

 

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three other daughters - Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri.

Friends, fans and celebrities are paying tribute to Bryant, who spent his entire 20 year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and is fourth on the list for all-time NBA scorers.