Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash. Bryant scored 33,644 points throughout his NBA career with the LA Lakers.
LA Police confirmed nine people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, north west of Los Angeles, it was later confirmed Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of the victims.
Avoid the area until further notice.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
Only hours before now-Laker Lebron James has overtaken Bryant as the third highest all-time career scorer in the NBA.
Bryant’s last tweet, paid tribute to Lebron.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Former Laker teammate Shaquille O’Neal
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant was also an Academy Award winner after his poem he penned about his retirement from his game, Dear Basketball, was turned into an animation.
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Nine News US Correspondent, Charles Croucher, was at the crash site when we spoke with him and says the reason for the crash is being investigated but fog is likely a major cause.
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