RIP Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday morning. He was 41 years old.
TMZ was the first to report that Bryant was among those on the helicopter when it went down in the hills of Calabasas and a fire broke out. The crash occurred before 10 a.m. and the fire made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Hurting like the rest of the world right now but not as much as Kobe’s Family. Everybody keep them in your thoughts and prayers #RIPKobe
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 26, 2020
ESPN, ABC and Variety also confirmed Bryant was on the helicopter. Check Legend Kobe Bryant’s last tweet .
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother ?? #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
The 18–time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first Team led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired from the Lakers after the 2015-16 season after spending his entire career with the franchise.
Rest In Peace @kobebryant ?
— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) January 26, 2020
No way to describe how many lives Kobe has changed. I’m heartbroken. RIP to a legend.
— Jaylen Hands (@JHANDS08) January 26, 2020
Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa and his children Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.
(With Inputs from Sports Ilustrated & Los Angeles Times)