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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 daughter Gianna was among the nine people killed in the crash. Bryant was traveling to a travel basketball game with his daughter when the helicopter crashed. The victims reportedly also included another player and parent. 

The NBA Players Association and Adam Silver later released a statement on Bryant's passing. 

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.

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