US basketball legend and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was on Sunday killed in a helicopter crash in California.
According to media reports in the US, Bryant, 41, was travelling in a private helicopter when it burst into flames above the city of Calabasas.
The LA County Sheriff’s department said that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, with no survivors.
It did not immediately publish any names.
It said it received reports of the crash at about 10:00 local time.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion Bryant, played his entire 20-year career with the LA Lakers. He retired in April 2016.
Bryant’s achievements include being the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.
He also won an Oscar for best short animated film in 2018 for for Dear Basketball, a five-minute film based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.
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