Kobe Bryant Death
NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter he was riding in crashed and burst into flames in thick fog
Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, located near Los Angeles, California. There was no survivors
Tributes to Bryant flooded in from former US presidents, pop stars and athletes from different sports, a sign of how the man known as the “Black Mamba” had transcended basketball.
American football star Tom Brady wrote simply: “We miss you already Kobe.”
Brazilian soccer star Neymar paid tribute to Bryant after scoring for his French club side Paris Saint-Germain, making the number 24 – Bryant’s old shirt number – with his fingers.
Bryant 5 time Championship
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that began in 1996 straight out of a high school and lasted until his retirement in 2016.
He also was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, helping spark the US squad of NBA stars to titles in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.
Bryant bowed out of the NBA in 2016, scoring 60 points in his final appearance before his adoring fans at the Staples Center.
At 18, Bryant became, at the time, the youngest player or starter in an NBA game and the youngest winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
A separate civil suit was settled under terms kept private.
In 2018, he won an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball”, a love letter to the sport which brought him fame and fortune.