Former NBA star Kobe Bryant, considered one of the best basketball players of all time, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, Calif. He was 41 years old.
Multiple outlets have confirmed the news.
Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant and their four children.
The crash occurred on Sunday afternoon in Calabasas, Calif.
Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the entirety of his two-decade career, winning the NBA Finals five times.
Bryant was also a longtime helicopter user, famously flying from his Orange County home to Lakers games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Athletes, artists and others quickly expressed their shock to the news of Bryant’s death on social media, including Saquon Barkley, running back for the New York Giants, Lil Nas X and former Indianapolis Colts player Pat McAfee. https://twitter.com/saquon/status/1221518424498524160
— nope (@LilNasX) January 26, 2020
“This came out of nowhere,” McAfee said. “Absolutely devastating.”
Damn man.. RIP to a LEGEND.
This came out of nowhere. Absolutely devastating. pic.twitter.com/1MRtmR3IkT
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 26, 2020