NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in rural Los Angeles, United States media reports stated, in a mishap validated by police that left 5 people dead.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s authorities stated there were no survivors from the early morning crash in foggy conditions on a hillside in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles.
The helicopter was referred to as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer stated.
TMZ was the very first United States outlet to report that Bryant was amongst the deaths. The NBA icon’s death was later on validated by ESPN, CNN and the Los Angeles Times mentioning unknown sources.
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TMZ reported that Bryant’s better half, Vanessa was not amongst those on board the helicopter.
Early reports of Bryant’s death sent out shockwaves throughout the world, with fellow stars and stars revealing shock at the news.
“This can’t be true,” Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic composed on Twitter. “No please.”
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The crash came just hours after the 41-year-old previous Los Angeles Lakers icon was gone by existing Lakers star LeBron James for 3rd on the all-time NBA scoring list in a Saturday video game at Philadelphia.
Bryant’s last post on social networks had actually been a tweet congratulating James on exceeding him.
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” Bryant composed. “Much respect my brother #33644”.
Bryant was a five-time NBA champ in a profession that started in 1996 right out of a high school and lasted till his retirement in 2016.
He likewise was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, assisting trigger the United States team of NBA stars to titles in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.
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