Kobe Bryant Reportedly Dead at 41

Ella Chochrek

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Former NBA star Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning, according to reports from TMZ and Variety.

The ex-Los Angeles Laker died in a Calabasas, Calif. helicopter crash that had five passangers, say reports. He was 41 years old.

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During his 20-year NBA career, Bryant made 18 All-Star teams and won five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and one league MVP. A longtime Nike athlete, Bryant had a signature sneaker franchise called the Kobe. The popular sneaker inspired a celebration, called Mamba Day, held on Aug. 24, the combination of Bryant’s two on-court numbers, 8 and 24.

Following his retirement from the NBA in 2016, Bryant won an Academy Award in 2018 for “Dear Basketball” in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Officials have yet to confirm the names of the passengers onboard the helicopter but have confirmed five fatalities in a Calabasas, Calif. crash. There were no survivors, police say.

Bryant is survived by wife Vanessa and his four kids, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant.

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