The World Mourns the Death of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant

NBA legend Kobe Bryant has tragically died in a helicopter crash on January 26. See the reactions from celebrities and fans here.

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Update, 5:41 p.m.: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed in a press conference that nine people—eight passengers and one pilot—were on board the helicopter. There were no survivors. While various outlets have confirmed that Bryant and his daughter were among the victims, the sheriff stated he would not confirm until the coroner does his job.

Update, 4:17 p.m.: Kobe Bryant's rep has confirmed to  (opens in new tab)TMZ (opens in new tab) that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna, also known as Gigi, was killed in the crash with her father. They were reportedly heading to Gianna's travel basketball game. Gigi's teammate and their parent were also on board.

Very tragic news this Sunday afternoon: NBA legend and Oscar winner Kobe Bryant has tragically died (opens in new tab) in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles. TMZ was the first to confirm the news (opens in new tab), which was then followed by multiple reports from Variety (opens in new tab)The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) and The Los Angeles Times (opens in new tab).

While details remain unknown, outlets are reporting that the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection was flying in his helicopter over Calabasas when it caught fire and crashed. Five people, including Bryant, died.

NBA fans and celebrities alike immediately shared their grief and sadness on social media:

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Bryant was 41 years old. He leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, and his four daughters: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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