Kobe Bryant, daughter Gigi, and 7 others dead in helicopter crash


LOS ANGELES — Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning, including his daughter Gigi, and seven others on board, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a helicopter that crashed into a hillside and caught fire, NBC Los Angeles reported. The crash was called in at 9:47 a.m. local time, per the report, and flames that spread a quarter-acre were put out by 10:30.

The NBA Player’s Association wrote in a statement that it was “stunned and devastated” by the news of Bryant’s death.

“Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball,” the statement read. “This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family.”

Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships prior to retiring in 2016. He was named Finals MVP twice and league MVP in 2008. Bryant was 41.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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