Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players of all time, has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, TMZ is reporting and ESPN has confirmed.

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According to the report, Kobe and at least three other people were traveling in his private helicopter when it crashed and a fire broke out. Emergency personnel tried to respond to the situation but it was too late as all the people on board (most likely 5) were confirmed dead.

Update: Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore has also died in the crash. They were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash happened.

On Saturday, LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time in the LA Lakers’ 108-91 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers. Kobe had tweeted to LeBron a congratulatory message on the feat which would be his last tweet. “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644,” he said.

Rest in peace.

U{DATE 2: NBC News reports that as well as Kobe and Gianna, a teammate of Gianna’s, her parent and the pilot passed away.

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