Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside Los Angeles, authorities confirmed on Sunday. He was 41 years old.
TMZ first reported that Bryant was killed when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, CA.
Bryant's oldest daughter Gianna was also among the nine people killed in the crash. Bryant was reportedly traveling to a travel basketball game with his daughter when the helicopter crashed, which also included another player and parent.
The NBA Players Association and Adam Silver later released a statement on Bryant's passing.
NBPA Statement on the passing of Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/iWDBcV7c2N— NBPA (@TheNBPA) January 26, 2020
NBA commissioner Adam Silver released this statement. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game.” pic.twitter.com/7uVPwEIN3j— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 26, 2020
Bryant played in the NBA for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles, one MVP award and two Finals MVP's.
He retired following the 2015-16 season, meaning this is the first year Bryant is eligible to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago next month.
On Saturday, Lakers superstar LeBron James surpassed Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
As the news surfaced, players across the NBA and sports world expressed their sadness for the NBA legend. Wizards guard John Wall tweeted a broken heart.
💔🖤— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 26, 2020
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