Kobe Bryant, 4 others killed in California chopper crash


Dozens of fans gathered Sunday afternoon at L.A. Live Plaza outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles following the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

The five-time National Basketball Association champion took in $323 million in playing salary, and $357 million in endorsements, Forbes reports.

Bryant and O'Neal played together for the Los Angeles Lakers for eight seasons and won three NBA Championships in 2000-2002.

"Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed".

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office says there were no survivors in the crash on a hillside near the intersection of Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street.

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Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the downed chopper was a Sikorsky S-76.

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. "To his entire @NBA family as well", she tweeted.

In addition to their on-court competitions, they were also teammates on the Team USA squad that captured the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

His post has been trending on social media after news broke about the death of Kobe Bryant.

Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen tweeted: "I'm stunned". He was 41. A person familiar with the situation tells the AP that Bryant died in a crash near Calabasas, California.