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Kobe Bryant dead at 41

The NBA legend was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash.

 

Eilish O'Sullivan

IRL

Published Jan 26, 2020   Updated May 19, 2021, 4:57 pm CDT

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter and seven others, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports.

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Bryant, 41, and eight others were traveling in his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas. There were no survivors, according to TMZ. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was reportedly not on board the helicopter.

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Bryant and Vanessa have four children together: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca, and  Capri. TMZ later reported that Gianna, 13, was also on board the helicopter and is confirmed dead.

While the reason for the crash is currently under investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports that the helicopter slammed into a hillside and burst into flames.

People immediately responded to the news with shock.

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After fans flocked to the scene of the crash, it was reportedly restricted to residents only.

This story has been updated.

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*First Published: Jan 26, 2020, 2:24 pm CST