Basketball legend Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
- The US basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna are among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California on January 26th.
Kobe Bryant, who was 41, traveled in a private helicopter when it came down and burst into flames. His daughter was at the age 13.
Los Angeles county sheriff said there were no survivors. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the helicopter manifest indicated that nine people were on board when it crashed, raising the number from five in earlier statements by officials.
The LA County Sheriff's Department shared pictures from the scene of the accident, showing a fire truck and smoke emerging from the hills.
The National Transportation Safety Board identified the crashed helicopter as a Sikorsky S-76B and said it was sending a team to investigate the crash.
On the same day, the 62nd Grammy Awards took place at at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The arena is home venue to the Los Angeles Lakers.
"We're all feeling crazy sadness right now," said Grammys host Alicia Keys."Because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. We're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."
Kobe Bryant had played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in April 2016.
He received the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also NBA scoring champion twice and a two-time Olympic champion.
He famously scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006, the second-highest single-game total in NBA history.
He also won an Oscar for best short animated film in 2018 for “Dear Basketball”, a five-minute film based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.
- source : BBC