NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in a helicopter crash, according to TMZ. The 41-year-old died in Calabasas on Sunday morning. Bryant was traveling with at least three other people when his private helicopter went down. Emergency personnel responded but were unable to save anyone that was on board with five people confirmed dead, according to the report.
It is claimed Vanessa Bryant was not on board. The cause of the helicopter crash is now under investigation. Bryant is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, having spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was an 18-time All-Star and was named in the All-NBA Team on 15 occasions.
Bryant was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2005 and racked up 1,346 regular-season career appearances between 1996 and 2016. The Lakers legend helped his side to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002 and continued to rank among the top players across the league until knee and shoulder injuries forced his retirement at the end of the 2015/16 season.