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"We extend our deepest condolences to Kobe's family, fans, and the entire Lakers organization, as well as all of the victims and families affected by this awful tragedy".

Bryant was reportedly on the helicopter with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and others who have not yet been identified.

"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna".

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant family at this extremely hard time.

Allegedly, a personal helicopter carrying Bryant and at least three other people all died in the crash.

The NBA star pulled together a series of photos from the duo's time playing together on the Los Angeles Lakers and wrote an emotional tribute to Bryant, who died on Sunday at the age of 41. That's just the competitiveness that he had that's what I'll always remember. "Much respect my brother #33644".

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The helicopter was described as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

The Weather Channel reports that low clouds and fog were present in the area at the time of the crash, but the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Gianna was expected to play in the game and Bryant was expected to coach, according to Lady Mavericks team director Evelyn Morales.

Bryant played his entire 20-year National Basketball Association career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retiring in 2016 as a five-time champion and 18-time All-Star. Early reports indicate that one of his children, 13-year-old Gianna, was among the passengers. According to eyewitnesses, the helicopter's engine appeared to sputter before going down. Bryant scored 33,643 points in his career, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone when he retired in 2016. The cancer, and chemo, were bad, but there was the opportunity to say what we needed to say. Words can't even come close to describing it.

President Donald Trump reacted to the reports of Bryant's death soon after they began to surface, tweeting: "That is bad news!"

The entire Lower Merion School District community sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Bryant's family.

The basketball player was a wonderful and loving dad and his social media being filled with posts of his four daughters is proof enough of that.

  • Lawrence Cooper