Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

There were no homes in the area, and no roadways were impacted.

Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their four children together: daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Bryant is the only player in National Basketball Association history to have two different numbers (No. 8 and No. 24) retired by one franchise, and his 81 points scored against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006, is the second-highest single-game point total, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points scored on March 2, 1962.

He won five NBA championships with the Lakers (2000-02, 2009, 2010), was Finals MVP twice, the league's MVP in 2009 and made 18 All-Star appearances and was an 11-time All-NBA First Team selection.

The crash occurred in a hilly grassland just south of Calabasas, a few miles north of Malibu and about 40 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. He entered the National Basketball Association draft straight out of high school in 1996 after a childhood spent partly in Italy, where his father, former National Basketball Association player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, played professionally.

James now has 33,655 points in his career.

The crash occured one day after Bryant was passed by LeBron James on the all-time scoring list.

This is a developing story we will update as more news develops.

Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers. The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. Bryant finished his career with 33,643, all with the Lakers.

James himself honoured Bryant during the game, inscribing "Mamba 4 Life" and "8/24 KB" on his sneakers. "Much respect my brother #33644", Bryant tweeted.

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