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NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with four others, died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas, CA. The tragedy was first reported by TMZ and is now being confirmed by local media. The LA Times reported that no homes or other bystanders were impacted by the crash. Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and four children.
Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retiring in 2016. He won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, and NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008.
Update: LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has confirmed that 9 individuals died in the crash. There were 8 people and the pilot on the flight plan manifest. Among the dead are Bryant, his daughter Gianna (13) and Orange Coast College baseball coach, John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa. Other names were withheld pending notification of family.