Kobe Bryant and daughter die in helicopter crash

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed when their private helicopter crashed in Southern California on Sunday. Bryant was 41.

 

Seven other people also died.

Witnesses said the helicopter sputtered and flew low in heavy fog before slamming into the ground.

Bryant won five championships, two Olympic gold medals, and was an NBA All-Star 18 times over a 20-year career, which was nearly derailed by a 2003 sexual assault charge that was later dropped.

He retired in 2016.

The aircraft was taking the group to a basketball game for Gianna, known as Gigi. She shared Bryant’s love of the sport, and they attended several Lakers games together last year.

Bryant’s three other daughters and wife, Vanessa, were not on the helicopter.

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