Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash in California


On Sunday Jan. 26, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA.

TMZ Sports first reported the news. Shortly afterward, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash. According to the LA County Sheriffs, there were no survivors:

NBC News and Yahoo Sports, among others, later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed reports that Bryant's daughter, Gianna Bryant (Gigi), was on board the helicopter, as well:

In a press conference Sunday afternoon, the LA County Sheriffs said that nine were killed in the crash, including the pilot.

Here are statements from the NBAPA, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan in regards to the news:

In July 2003, Bryant was arrested after being accused of sexual assault by a hotel worker in Eagle, Colorado. Charges were dismissed in September 2004, and Bryant later settled a civil lawsuit issued by the accuser.

Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, one league MVP, two Finals MVPs and appearing in 18 All-Star games. Bryant ended his career third on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 33,643 points. LeBron James usurped that mark last night, prompting Bryant's last tweet:

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, with whom he had four daughters. He was 41 years old. Gianna was 13.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with details that emerged after initial publishing.

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