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Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Sad news coming out of the sports world today. Kobe Bryant, former NBA died in a helicopter crash in California, news outlets report.

Five people were on board when the helicopter went down near Calabasas this morning.

Bryant’s wife Vanessa was reportedly not on the helicopter, according to TMZ. It’s not known who else was aboard the helicopter during the flight, or where it was headed.

Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school at the age of 17.

He retired in 2016 a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

Bryant was selected to an NBA record 18 consecutive NBA All-Star Games. He also won two gold medals while representing the USA in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

See what members of the sports world had to say:

My love goes to Vanessa and the Bryant family at this time.