NBA great Kobe Bryant and teen daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash

CNET | 1/26/2020 | Staff
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Lakers star Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash.

Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Southern California, according to a TMZ report confirmed by Variety and the Los Angeles Times.

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The five people on board the helicopter died when it crashed into a hillside around 10 a.m. PT in the Calabasas area northwest of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said. The identities of the other victims haven't been released by officials, but ESPN reported that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among those killed when the helicopter burst into flames after crashing in foggy conditions.

Bryant, 41, is widely regarded as one of basketball's greatest players of all time, frequently compared with fellow NBA icon Michael Jordan. The 6-foot-6 guard spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles and earning All-Star honors 18 times.

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He was the league's most valuable player in 2008 and won two gold medals with the USA Men's Basketball team in 2008 and 2012. Bryant was drafted out of high school at the age of 17, and when he made his professional debut in 1996, he was the youngest player to ever appear in an NBA game.

He was also the youngest player in NBA history to amass 27,000 career points. On Saturday, Bryant sent a tweet -- his last -- congratulating LeBron James for passing him for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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Bryant retired in 2015 and will be eligible for the NBA Hall of Fame this year.

In 2016, Bryant began a new career, running a $100 million venture capital fund that primarily...
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