The entire world is in shock right now. Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar and NBA icon Kobe Bryant has reportedly died.
Big Facts: According to reports, the sports mogul lost his life Sunday in California from a helicopter crash.
Two separate sources tell CNN that basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles, CA. Bryant was one of 5 people who died when helicopter crashed on a hillside in Calabasas. (CNN)
High-Key Details: Additional reports claim Kobe’s wife was not onboard the private helicopter with him.
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board. Eyewitnesses also tell us that they heard the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down. As you can see, flames and smoke covered much of the scene from the wreck. The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation. (TMZ)
Wait, There’s More: The shocking death has already sparked massive emotional reactions across social media.
Before You Go: Kobe’s legacy in the NBA has him up amongst the likes of fellow icons like Michael Jordan and Bill Russell.
Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time — making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in ’08. He was on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and led the league in scoring for two seasons. He ranks fourth in the NBA for all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring. (TMZ)