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LA Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash


UPDATE: 12:35 PM PT —   
TMZ updates their story about Kobe Bryant’s death to report that one of his daughter’, 13-year old Gianna Maria — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash.

TMZ tells reps for Kobe that they were on their way her basketball practice when the crash occurred.

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TMZ reports that his wife Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board. It’s  unclear at the time who else was on board. 
 Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school at the age of 17.

He retired in 2016 a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP and the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

Reaction from fans and around the league is one of shock and sadness:






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