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Basketball star, Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Basketball star Kobe Bryant is dead after a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning, reports from the United States say.

Bryant was travelling in a private helicopter when it burst into flames.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, with no survivors.

Eyewitnesses told news site TMZ they heard the helicopter’s engine spluttering before it went down.

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The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Five-time NBA champion Bryant, 41, played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His achievements include being the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.

Bryant 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.

He retired in April 2016.

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