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.
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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