Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday morning. He was 41 years old.
TMZ was the first to report that Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, were among those on the helicopter when it went down in the hills of Calabasas and a fire broke out. The crash occurred before 10 a.m., and the fire made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Bryant and his daughter were reportedly on their way to a travel basketball game with another player and parent.
ABC, ESPN, the L.A. Times and Variety also confirmed Bryant was on the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. The City of Calabasas officially confirmed it as well. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating.
The 18-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first-teamer led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired after the 2015-16 season, having spent his entire career with the Lakers. The franchise retired his No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in Dec. 2017.
On Saturday night, LeBron James surpassed Bryant on the NBA's all-time scoring list. After the game, James expressed his appreciation of Bryant and said, "I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."
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