Basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crush with daughter

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Daily US Times, California: US basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter Gianna are among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California.

Footage on the scene shows the private helicopter crashed and burst into flames. There were no survivors.

The helicopter went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

The 41-year-old Bryant is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history. He is a five-time NBA champion, played for the LA Lakers throughout his career.

The news of the legend Kobe Bryant creates a wave of shock to the celebrities and fellow sports stars, many expressing shock in the social media.

Moments of silence have been observed at basketball games across the US in remembrance of the player.

Grammy host Alicia Keys also remembered him in the Grammy Award stage which was held at the Los Angeles Lakers’ stadium.

“We’re all feeling crazy sadness right Keys said “Because earlier today Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

NBA issued a statement saying it was “devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna” aged 13.

The statement continued: “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with absolute devotion to winning.”

Who was Kobe Bryant?

Bryant is considered one of the greatest sportsmen in the world. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and retired in April 2016.

He has lots of achievement including being the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also an NBA scoring champion twice and a two-time Olympic champion.

In 2006, he famously scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It was the second-highest single-game total in NBA history.

He also won an Oscar for a five-minute animated short film based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.

Nine dead in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash in Calabasas

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