Kobe Bryant dead: NBA star tragically dies in California helicopter crash aged 41

Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California aged 41. The NBA legend was travelling with four people in his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas, 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles, on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports.

Five people are reported to have died in the accident. Vanessa Bryant, his wife, was not thought to be onboard. 

A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Firefighters attended the scene and put out the flames.

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“Unfortunately there were no survivors,” Tony Imbrenda, the Los Angeles County Fire captain, told reporters. ​Imbrenda could not confirm who was on board or who the helicopter belonged to, but it is reportedly Bryant’s aircraft.

Bryant is considered one of greatest basketball players of all time. He became a legend at Los Angeles Lakers, spending his entire 20-year career with the team, becoming a five-time NBA champion and twice being named finals MVP.

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