The world, especially the NBA has been thrown into a state of mourning following the sudden death of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant who was killed in a fiery helicopter crash in California today that also claimed four other lives, including his 13 year old daughter.
According to multiple media reports, the 41-year-old was on board with at least three other people when the private helicopter went down for an unknown reason.
Emergency responders got to the scene as quickly as possible but no one survived the crash, police said.
He is survived by his wife and 3 children: Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri, who was born in June 2019. Kobe is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time and played for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was a 5-time NBA champion.
See reactions to news of his sudden death below….
Honestly don’t know what to say. This is an unreal travesty that no one was prepared for. The way he changed the game, the way he played with such offensive prowess, he will always live on as one of the greatest in NBA history.
RIP Kobe Bryant
23 AUG 78 – 26 JAN 20
Absolutely sickening. 41 years old. Just last night, LeBron James was reminiscing about how Kobe Bryant inspired him as a high schooler by gifting him sneakers. LeBron passed Kobe on the NBA all-time scoring list last night and was emotional talking about what Kobe meant to him https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1221521133608079368 …Adrian Wojnarowski
Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.
I have been very upfront about how I felt about Kobe and his legacy, but this is devastating news and I’m honestly just sitting here stunned. Give yourself and others room to feel complicated feelings of grief. Thinking of his wife and daughters, and also of survivors.
I’ll never forget seeing that 81 point game Kobe had, it was like watching Superman, truly inspiring type of shit that made a young kid like me at the time feel like anything was possible. Sports are a beautiful thing, and legends like Kobe make it more than a game. #RIPKobe