Sports world reacts to death of Kobe Bryant

Jan 26 2020, 1:06 pm

The sports world is reacting to the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria, who were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.

First reported by TMZ, Kobe and Maria were among a group of people travelling in Kobe’s private helicopter to basketball practice near Thousand Oaks, California. LA Country Sheriffs confirmed there were five fatalities in the accident, though victims have not been publicly identified.

TMZ first reported that the helicopter crashed around 10 am. ESPN, ABC, the LA Times, and Variety have also now confirmed Bryant was on the helicopter.

The 18-time NBA All-Star played his entire 20-season career with the LA Lakers, leading the team to five NBA championships. He scored a total of 33,643 points during his career, and retired from after the 2015-16 season.

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and, now, three children: Natalia, Bianka, and newborn Capri.

 

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