26 Jan Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
By: Jordan Oliver
NBA Hall of Famer has been confirmed dead this morning in Calabasas. TMZ Sports was the first to report, “Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.” The lifetime Laker is considered to be one of the greatest players to ever with his MVP award in 2008 and five titles that are tied for the most in franchise history. Both numbers he wore during his career, 8 and 24, were retired by the Lakers on December 18, 2017. Kobe had been known for using his helicopter throughout his career to avoid LA traffic as he lived in Orange County and the Staples Center was in the center of Downtown. Four other people were aboard the helicopter with Kobe and were also reported dead at the site.
Just yesterday, Lebron James passed Kobe for 3rd place in the All-Time Scoring leaders and spoke on just how influential he was to his career, “It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said. “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation. He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling, and it’s dope” – ESPN. Investigations continue and more will be reported as details of the tragic crash are soon to surface.