Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar who won five championships with the team and was often compared to Michael Jordan, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash.
He was 41.Officials confirm to Variety that Bryant was a passenger on board a helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas.
TMZ first reported the news.An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant was considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and Capri.
The crash happened around 10am Sunday morning on January 26th 2020, 30 miles from Los Angeles in the city of Calabasas California.
The helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76, which Kobe Bryant Owned.
Lebron James recently passed Bryant’s career total of 33,643 points on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James is now third behind Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38387). Bryant played 20 years for the Lakers, averaging 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 1,346 regular season games. He won an MVP Award and was selected to play in 18 All-Star Games.
Kobe Bryant was born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. He was drafted out of high school in 1996 in the first round as the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets, who then traded him to the Lakers. He ended his career in 2016. In his final NBA game, Bryant scored 60 points, helping the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz, 101-96. He scored 23 points in the final quarter.