NBA legend Kobe Bryant among five dead in Southern California helicopter crash

Written by on January 29, 2020

NBA legend Kobe Bryant is among five people who died in a Southern California helicopter crash Sunday morning.

Bryant, 41, perished in the crash that took place along a hillside near Calabasas just before 10 a.m., according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills/Malibu station watch commander.

The identities of the four other victims were not released and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Variety reported that Bryant was a passenger on the plane, though his wife Vanessa was not on board.

Bryant, who was passed by LeBron James for third on the all-time scoring list just last night has been traveling via helicopter for years, according to TMZ. 

“Continuing to move the game forward, congratulations my brother,” Bryant tweeted after James surpassed him.

“Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper,” the outlet reported.

Bryant retired in 2016 after a remarkable playing career, which included five NBA championships and 18 All-Star nods.

Bryant was a major media figure and sports star after retiring, including doing a series about basketball on ESPN+.

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