US basketball legend and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was on Sunday killed in a helicopter crash in California.
According to media reports in the US, Bryant, 41, was travelling in a private helicopter when it burst into flames above the city of Calabasas.
The LA County Sheriff’s department said that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, with no survivors.
It did not immediately publish any names.
It said it received reports of the crash at about 10:00 local time.
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Bryant, a five-time NBA champion Bryant, played his entire 20-year career with the LA Lakers. He retired in April 2016.
Bryant’s achievements include being the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.
He also won an Oscar for best short animated film in 2018 for for Dear Basketball, a five-minute film based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.
Hmmm. Kobe is gone at just 41? This life. Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them. Nobody knows tomorrow.
I was so shocked when I read the news!!! so sad mehm!!
What a sad news. RIP Kobe Bryant. God bless Nigeria!!!