Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Kobe Bryant, former NBA player of the American Basketball League, died in a helicopter crash.
It was first confirmed by the TMZ website as a claim that the famous player's helicopter had crashed following news of the accident. All four people inside the helicopter belonging to the former star player of the Los Angeles Lakers were killed along with Kobe.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's social media account confirmed Bryant's claim that he died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. While information has been confirmed that one of the 9 people killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas around 10.00 am local time was Bryant, the identity of the 8 people was not initially disclosed. However, it was later revealed that one of those killed was Kobe's 13-year-old daughter, who was also among those killed in the crash.
The 41-year-old Bryant, considered one of the NBA world's biggest stars, has worn the All-Star jersey 18 times.
He spent 20 years in the NBA carrying a Los Angeles Lakers jersey with a five-time team of Basketball Champions. The Lakers had retired back jerseys 8 and 24 for Bryant for the first time in team history.
Bryant, the NBA's third-leading basketballer, had lost that status to LeBron James, the NBA's other star player, last Saturday. James Philadelphia, again carrying a Lakers jersey, managed to get ahead of Bryant after the game. Bryant had celebrated James ' success with a message he shared on his social media account.