Kobe Bryant and daughter killed in helicopter crash: TMZ

Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday, Jan. 26 in a fiery helicopter crash along with four other people, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, TMZ reported.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne tweeted that those who heard the crash described it as "a falling noise" and it was apparent that "something was wrong". The helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas shortly after 10 am local time. Tony Imbrenda said he didn't immediately have any information about whether the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter radioed a distress signal.

Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in National Basketball Association history, finishing two decades with the Lakers as a prolific scorer with a sublime all-around game and a relentless competitive ethic.

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"Continuing to move the game forward (at) KingJames", Bryant wrote in his last tweet. "Much respect my brother", Bryant tweeted Saturday night. "I love you Kobe..."

During his time playing for the Lakers, Bryant led the National Basketball Association in scoring for two seasons, now ranks fourth in the NBA's all-time regular season scoring polls and was the first guard in the league to play at least 20 seasons. "This is a guy I've known for his entire career", Smith added, noting Bryant's career on and off the basketball court.

"Like everyone, I'm stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant".

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