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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant killed in California helicopter crash
5-time NBA champ one of five people aboard
Published Sunday, January 26, 2020 3:00 pm
by The Associated Press

Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday in California, was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in a 1996 prearranged deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the NBA's fourth-leading career scorer.

CALABASAS, Calif.— Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. 

The 41-year-old athlete was one of at least five people on board when the private helicopter went down. 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said there were no survivors. 

Authorities have not publicly confirmed his death but are investigating at this time. 

Emergency crews responded after a helicopter crashed and sparked a small brush fire.

Firefighters worked to douse flames that spread through about an acre of dry brush.

Bryant, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history (33,643 points), was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 in a prearranged deal with the Lakers that sent Vlade Divac to Charlotte.

This is a breaking story. More to come. Additional reporting by Herbert L. White of The Charlotte Post.



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