The 41-year-old NBA icon played for the Los Angeles Lakers. 9 people died in the accident, and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the entire duration of his NBA career. Scott Halleran/Getty Scott Halleran/Getty
- NBA Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, 41, has reportedly died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.
- TMZ and ABC 7 reported the Bryant was in his private helicopter. At least five people died in the crash according to the LA Fire Department.
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NBA Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, 41, has reportedly died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.
TMZ reported the Bryant was in his private helicopter with at least three other people when it started to crash.
Pepperdine Graphic, Pepperdine's a student-run newspaper, published a tweet on Sunday that showed an image of the helicopter and smoke in the distance.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said at least five people died in the crash.
Kobe Bryant is an NBA legend
Bryant is a former NBA basketball star who spent his 20-season career entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also the third all-time scorer in the NBA and won five NBA championships.
Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but lived in Italy, where his father played basketball, for most of his childhood. In 1996, Bryant joined the NBA right after graduating from high school.
During his NBA career, Bryant proved his icon status.
He was often referred to by his self-given nickname "The Black Mamba," a type of snake, that signified his prowess and competitive attitude on the court. Bryant is the second-highest-paid NBA player ever and has $323 million from his NBA career salary alone.
In 2016, Bryant retired from the NBA, and in his final game he set yet another record for the organization.
Bryant was married to his wife Vanessa Bryant and has four children with her: Bianka, Gianna, Natalia, and Capri, their youngest child they had in June.