Categories: Culture

NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

UPDATE: New details from the scene of the crash are beginning to file in from LA County’s Fire Chief, Daryl Osby. He reports — via Sports Illustrated writer, Rohan Nadkarni — 9 people were aboard the helicopter, including the one pilot, and all were “determined to be perished” by paramedics who were airdropped to the remote crash site. (6:27PM EST)

UPDATE: Sources confirm Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was one of the passengers in the fatal helicopter crash. (2:51PM EST)

Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA all-timer, Kobe Bryant, was killed this morning (Sunday) in a helicopter crash outside of Calabasas, CA. He was 41-years-old.

WATCH: Legendary LA Laker Kobe Bryant Gets Both of His Numbers Retired at the Staples Center

The story broke just minutes ago per a TMZ report and has now been been confirmed by ABC7 and Variety, respectively. The story is still developing, but according to the original report, Bryant was one of five people killed in the fatal crash, the cause of which is currently under investigation.

READ: Kobe Bryant Responds To Debunking Of “No Flinch” GIF

The son of former NBA forward, Joe Bryant, Kobe entered the league in 1996 at 17-years-old as the top-ranking high school prospect in the country. He spent the entirety of his 20-year career as a Los Angeles Laker, retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 season. During his tenure, Bryant was an 18-time all-star, winning five NBA championships and earning finals MVP in both 2009 and 2010. He also holds the title for the second-highest point total by a player in a single game, scoring 81 against the Toronto Raptors in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

zo

Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Share
Published by
zo

Recent Posts

Cypress Hill Announce New Album Entirely Produced by Black Milk

The group also revealed a new documentary, Insane in The Brain: Cypress Hill, is set… Read More

January 21, 2022

Best Music Videos Of The Week: Megan Thee Stallion, Shenseea, KAINA & More

The best new music videos of the week include selects by Key Glock, Ivy Sole,… Read More

January 21, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Fly Anakin, Ivy Sole, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More

January 21, 2022

The Fugees Have Canceled Their Anniversary Tour For ‘The Score’

The Fugees had previously released an update on the tour saying that it would begin… Read More

January 21, 2022

8 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 21)

Artists like Elujay, Mach Hommy, Lady London, and Kyle Banks have our attention this week… Read More

January 21, 2022

Kanye West Demands “Final Edit And Approval” Of ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ Documentary

Kanye West took to Instagram to demand creative control of the film's final edit before… Read More

January 21, 2022