Remembering Black Mamba: World reflects after Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna, 7 others killed in helicopter crash

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CALABASAS, Cali. (KTLA) – A helicopter crash claimed the lives of 9 people, including basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant Sunday morning in Calabasas, California.

Kobe was 41. Gianna was 13.

Sources say those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent. The Sheriff’s Office says records show 9 people were aboard the helicopter.

The Oklahoma City Thunder issued the following statement regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant:

“No words can adequately express the shock and sadness the NBA family is feeling. Kobe was an icon, a person who embodied greatness in so many ways. He pushed the game of basketball to new heights with a passion for the game that he shared with fans across the globe for decades. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Bryant family and all those who were lost in today’s tragedy.”

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Born in Philadelphia, Bryant was drafted to the NBA straight out of Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia in 1996. He was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships.

Bryant has two Olympic gold medals for men’s basketball.

Bryant retired in April 2016.

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