Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter killed in helicopter crash in California, reports say

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CALABASAS, Calif. (WJW) — Former professional basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, according to multiple outlets.

Variety and TMZ were among the first to report Bryant, 41, was traveling in a private helicopter with several others when it went down. No one on board survived. A source also confirmed the tragic news to The Associated Press.

According to TMZ, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was one of the victims.

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They were reportedly on their way to Mamba Academy for a basketball practice.

The 18-time NBA All-Star, who won five championships, became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history, finishing two decades with the Lakers as a prolific scorer with a sublime all-around game and a relentless competitive ethic. He held that spot in the league scoring ranks until Saturday night, when the Lakers’ LeBron James passed him for third place during a game in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.

“Continuing to move the game forward (at)KingJames,” Bryant wrote in his last tweet. “Much respect my brother.”

Bryant had one of the greatest careers in recent NBA history and became one of the game’s most popular players as the face of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers franchise. He was the league MVP in 2008 and a two-time NBA scoring champion, and he earned 12 selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams.

He teamed with Shaquille O’Neal in a combustible partnership to lead the Lakers to NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He later teamed with Pau Gasol to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010.

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