“NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dies at 41”
NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash at age 41. While he was primarily known for his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers (winning 5 NBA championships), Bryant also left a mark in the entertainment industry. In addition to guest starring in TV shows and movies (including the comedy Daddy’s Home), Bryant won an Oscar in 2018 for his animated short film Dear Basketball, becoming the first former professional athlete to be nominated and receive an Academy Award.
Born in Philadelphia in 1978, Bryant attended Lower Marian High School, establishing himself as the country’s top basketball player. He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, but his rights were later traded to Los Angeles. Over the ensuing two decades, Bryant became the latest in the growing line of Laker legends with an incredible list of accomplishments. He was named to 18 All-Star teams, won 5 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, and was named NBA MVP in 2008. Bryant ended his career with 33,643 points, ranking 4th-most in NBA history.
News of Bryant’s death was first reported by TMZ, saying he died in a crash in Calabasas on Sunday, January 26. Five people are confirmed dead in the accident. Bryant’s wife Vanessa was not onboard the vehicle.
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