Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash, from ESPN

I’ve been a Laker fan since Showtime. Kobe Bryant was one of the best and he gave Laker and NBA fans some incredible games and great moments, including leading the team to five world championships.  It’s terribly sad to see that he and his daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash. From espn.com:

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were among several people killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, a source confirmed to ESPN. Bryant was 41.

Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna Bryant, who was 13, when the helicopter crashed, sources said. Those aboard the helicopter included another player and parent. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference that there were no survivors, and according to the flight manifest, there were nine people on board the helicopter.

Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said the Federal Aviation Administration is on the scene and will work with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the crash. He said authorities will not release the names of victims until they are identified and next of kin are notified.

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