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BREAKING: NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Killed In Horrific Helicopter Crash

Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

#UPDATE-

12:35 PM PT — Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.
We’re told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.

BREAKING NEWS! It is with great sadness to report that NBA legend was reportedly among those killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. He was 41.

Bryant was on a helicopter flying over Calabasas a city of 23,000 people located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, Fox News reports. TMZ Sports first reported that Bryant was killed in the crash. ESPN and ABC Los Angeles also confirmed the report of Bryant’s death.

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A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.

Eyewitnesses also tell us that they heard the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.

The Federal Aviation Administration told Fox News the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed under “unknown circumstances.” The FAA said it was informed by local authorities there five people onboard at the time. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said all five had died.

The identities of the other passengers were not immediately released.

There are conflicting reports as to if some of his daughters were in the chopper.

Images from the scene showed smoke rising from a hillside amid foggy conditions.

Art Marrujo, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told the Associated Press that firefighters worked to douse flames that spread through about an acre of dry brush.

Around the time of the crash, L.A. Times reporter Richard Winton reported that the mountains were “fogged in.”

Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons and won five NBA championships. He is routinely called one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA.

He finished his career as an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA team, 12-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection, two time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kobe’s family, friends and fans.

Rest in peace champ and thanks for the great memories.

Unbelievable…

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

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