LOS ANGELES — Basketball lost one of its greatest competitors and most accomplished players Sunday when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist was 41.
Bryant was riding in an S-76 helicopter Sunday when it crashed just before 10 a.m. into a hillside near Calabasas, Calif., roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The flight manifest listed nine people on board — one pilot and eight passengers — and there were no survivors, according to local authorities.
Gianna Bryant, the former player’s 13-year-old daughter, was confirmed dead.