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Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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A huge emotional blow was struck today, as it's been confirmed that retired Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash. Responders were on the scene of the accident in the Calabasas area of California at approximately 10AM local time. Witnesses of the crash report seeing the helicopter rapidly descending, then crashing violently into the ground. The resulting wreck, engulfed in fire, has taken the lives of at least five people onboard, leaving no survivors. The helicopter crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. More details will become available as the investigation continues. At this time, little more information is available.

41 year old Bryant was a career Laker, drafted directly from his high school in 1996. He made his NBA debut the same year. He was an 18 time All-Star, a 2 time Scoring Champ, and a 5 time NBA Champ. Although retired at the time of his unfortunate passing, his career is still and will continue to be the subject of admiration for generations of basketball fans.

During this difficult time, our hearts and condolences go out to Bryant's friends and family, as well as those of the other passengers that perished in the crash.

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