Kobe Bryant, one of basketball’s greatest players, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning, according to multiple sources. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said none of the five people aboard survived the helicopter crash on Jan. 26 about 30 minutes outside Los Angeles in Calabasas, California.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
TMZ, which first reported the crash, noted Bryant had often commuted from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in his Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed an “S-76 helicopter crashed this morning under unknown circumstances” referring to local authorities for more specifics. A Calabasas city councilman confirmed Bryant’s death to NBC News.
The news rocked the sports world on Sunday as athletes publicly mourned the loss of one of basketball’s star athletes.
I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020
Bryant, a former Los Angeles Laker who retired from the game in 2016, was the youngest play to enter the NBA in 1996. He went on to win five NBA championships and is the NBA’s fourth all-time scorer having scored 33,643 points, a record just surpassed by fellow Laker LeBron James a few days earlier. Bryant tweeted his congratulations yesterday:
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Bryant is survived by his four daughters with his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant who he married in 2001.
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