NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dies in a helicopter crash


Kobe Bryant, a retired N.B.A. star died in a helicopter crash on Sunday near Calabasas, California.
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Kobe Bryant dies along with his daughter Gianna in a crash Photo: Reuters

Kobe was aged 41. It is also reported that his daughter was also killed along with a college basketball coach and seven more.

Ex-NBA star Kobe was onboard the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter which eventually crashed. The crash happened around 10 a.m. (PST) nearly about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

A total of nine people along with the pilot were onboard the helicopter. None of them were reported to have survived.

Bryant was also known to the business world as a brand-builder, company founders along with an investor and a coach in various athletes.

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Kobe Bryant spent 20 seasons with the Lakers

"For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blenda with an absolute devotion to winning." said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. "He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share with future generations of players."

The fire chief of the crash site said that it was not immediately clear how many passengers the helicopter was approved to transport and whether the helicopter was overloaded or not.

Later on Sunday, the N.B.A. sent a confirmation of Bryant's and his daughter Gianna's in the crash to all teams and league employees.

Bryant along with his wife and daughter were on their way to an academy to coach his daughter. The academy was hosting the Mamba Cup Tournament Series for both boys and girls basketball teams from third to eighth grades.

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Bryant is considered one of the greatest athlete Photo: Reuters

Nike partnered with Bryant to launch the Mamba League in 2017. All the Tournaments games were cancelled after the news of Bryant's death was confirmed by the respective authorities.

The authorities in Los Angeles said that it could take several days to recover the dead bodies from the crash site, as the helicopter crashed in a very rough terrain.

Bryant was named an All-Star in 18 out of his 20 season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant retired as a five-time NBA champion, 11-time All-NBA first-time selection, two-time Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010, 18-time All-Star, four-time All-Star MVP along with 2008 MVP. He spent his 20 year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and retired back in 2016. 

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Kobe had 25 50 points in his career Photo: Reuters

He scored a whooping 60 points for the Lakers in his final game leading his last-placed team to a surprising win over the Utah Jazz. 

He had 25 50 points games. He had scored a highest of 81 points in a single match.

He also won successive gold medals with USA Basketball Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. He stood third on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 33,643 points after the 2015-16 season. However, Lakers star Lebron James passed Bryant record by scoring 29 points.

After passing Bryant James fondly admired for Bryant. James said, "I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time greatest players, one of the all-time greatest Lakers."

"The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy." added James.

Kobe Bryant was given a tribute in the Grammy's award Photo: Reuters

"We are devastated by today's tragic news. We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe, especially his family and friends." Nike said in a statement. 

"He was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sport and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever."

Bryant was involved in a number of controversy during his lifetime. Back in 2003, he was accused of a sexual assault, but the prosecutors dropped the case after the accuser declined to test in a criminal trial. Later both sides settled a civil lawsuit.

Bryant also won an Oscar award for his animated short film "Dear Basketball" in 2018.

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Kobe won an Oscar award in 2018 

Beside all his business and career Bryant also had endorsement with a number of other brands throughout his career. He signed his first deal with Nike in 2003.

Bryant's Commercial ad with soccer legend Lionel Messi was named the 'Ad of the decade.' Turkish Airlines was the advertiser. 

"I have no words.. all my love for Kobe family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet you and share good moments together. We had a genius like few." Messi posted on his Instagram.

Aero World expresses its condolence to Kobe Bryant and those who have lost their family and friends in the incident.

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