Kobe Bryant with his daughter Gianna. (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

On Sunday, American basketball legend and former NBA star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Southern California at the age of 41, according to many sources.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said none of the five people aboard survived the accident about 30 minutes outside Los Angeles in Calabasas, California.

Kobe Bryant’s 13- year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, also died in the crash.

TMZ, which first reported the crash, noted Bryant had often commuted from Newport Beach to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in his Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed an “S-76 helicopter crashed this morning under unknown circumstances,” referring to local authorities for more specifics.

Bryant, a former Los Angeles Laker who retired from the game in 2016, was the youngest play to enter the NBA in 1996. He went on to win five NBA championships and is the NBA’s fourth all-time scorer, having put up 33,643 points.

US President Donald Trump has reacted to Bryant’s death, calling it “terrible news”.

People from the entertainment industry and sports fraternity expressed their grief over the sudden demise of Kobe Bryant.

 

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