Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar who won five championships with the team and was often compared to Michael Jordan, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41.
Officials confirm to Variety that Bryant was a passenger on board a helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas.
TMZ first reported the news.
An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant was considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and Capri.