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Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in California in a Helicopter crash. The retired Lakers star was traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chipper spiraling from the sky. Kobe was 41 years old

Kobe Bryant Killed
Mamba Forever. Twitter

Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball star and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday outside Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant was on his way to the academy to coach his daughter, the academy was hosting the Mamba Cup tournament series, a tournament for boys’ and girls’ basketball team for the third through eighth grades. All the games were canceled after the news of Kobe Bryant’s death became public.

Kobe’s helicopter went down near Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, amid foggy conditions.

The helicopter was on its way from Orange County California, where the Bryant family lives to Mr. Bryant’s youth basketball academy northwest of Los Angeles, where Kobe Bryant coaches his daughter Gianna, who also died in the crash.

Kobe’s helicopter a Sikorsky S-76 was in the air for about half-hour. It took off from Irvine, California and flew up to the Glendale area, circled around there slowly for a little while and was rapidly trying to gain altitude right before the crash.

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Kobe Byrant’s last tweet an hour before taking off in a helicopter.

Kobe was far more than a basketball giant. He was among the world’s best-known athletes, a star on the order of Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, swarmed by fans whether he was in Beijing or Beverly Hills. It is not uncommon to hear young people in some quarters shout, “Kobe!’’ when they hit a jump shot.

The heartbreaking news has taken the world by a storm:

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The 62nd Grammy Awards event resulted in a series of tributes throughout a show held at Staples Center.

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