Sad News: Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash

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NBA MVP and superstar who had a 20 year career with the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant 41, and his daughter Gianna 13, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant.

In a statement released by the Atlanta Hawks, “We are stunned and profoundly saddened by the tragic news of the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Today our NBA family lost one of its modern-day leaders and a champion who inspired so many of this generation’s current players. His insatiable drive, legendary competitive spirit and dedication to the game will forever be remembered and live on through the era of players, fans and athletes around the world who were inspired by his greatness.  The entire Hawks organization sends our deepest condolences to Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, their entire family and to the families of the other passengers involved in this heartbreaking accident.”

Fans, former teammates, coaches and celebrities have posted tweets on Twitter.