Variety reported Sunday that legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. According to TMZ, which first broke the news, all of the five people onboard the craft died in the crash, though the former Lakers’ wife Vanessa Bryant was not among them. The father of four was just 41-years-old.
Bryant is considered to be among the best basketball players of all time, racking up five NBA championships and making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 years with the Lakers.
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Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016. In 2018, he authored a book titled
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, and won an Oscar for his 2017 short film Dear Basketball, which was based upon a letter he wrote for The Players Tribune in 2015 announcing his retirement.
Just hours before Bryant’s death, current Lakers superstar LeBron James surpassed Bryant’s scoring record of 33,643 points. The final tweet posted to Bryant’s twitter account congratulated the younger player.
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” wrote Bryant. “Much respect my brother."
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
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