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US basketball legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California.

Bryant was travelling in a private helicopter when it burst into flames, according to media reports.

The LA County Sheriff's department said five people died in the helicopter crash on Sunday, with no survivors.

Confirming the death, the City of Calabasas confirmed the news with "great sadness". It said "nobody on the ground was hurt".

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. He retired in April 2016.

Bryant's 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.

He 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.

Terrible. I've never been a hardcore basketball fan, but Kobe was someone you didn't have to follow basketball to know about. It sounds like a horrible way to go.

EDIT: Sorry. Missed the discussion in the NBA topic. Feel free to ignore this.

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Oh man, this hurts. As a PA kid growing up watching Kobe just dominate, he was my absolute basketball idol. From yelling Kobe any time we would get a head shot in COD, or like DMN said with the shot in the trash can, to the great memories on the court. My favorite player ever. I really hope his daughters weren't on the helicopter. That's just not fair to be gone so young

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27 minutes ago, punky said:

ABC reported his daughters were on board with him.. I really fucking hope not. 

TMZ are reporting that one of his daughters, Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, died in the crash as well. 

Truly awful... 

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4 minutes ago, Hellraiser said:

TMZ are reporting that one of his daughters, Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, died in the crash as well. 

Truly awful... 

I believe she was his oldest.

I'm reading the comments on Reddit and I'm sitting in my car on lunch crying. I honestly haven't felt like this since Tupac got shot. Celebrity deaths usually don't affect me, but this one really has.

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19 minutes ago, DMN said:

Celebrity deaths usually don't affect me, but this one really has.

You’re certainly not alone.  Virtually everything trending on Twitter right now is related to Kobe and if you click anything the tweets won’t load.  The sheer mass of everybody weighing in with their shock and condolence has basically frozen the site.

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31 minutes ago, DMN said:

I believe she was his oldest.

I'm reading the comments on Reddit and I'm sitting in my car on lunch crying. I honestly haven't felt like this since Tupac got shot. Celebrity deaths usually don't affect me, but this one really has.

I know dude. My sister in law said to me that "I wasn't even a huge Kobe fan but I'm rattled by this". We're huge Pistons fans, but yeah, we're rattled. I'm sorry dude, I remember our bantering for the 2004 finals.

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Kobe was the man. I was really looking forward to him picking a young player to mentor someday. He is easily in my top 5 all time favorite players and would probably be number 1 if you removed Chicago Bulls from the list. He'll be missed

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It feels really weird this news has broken while there's games on. Obviously I wouldn't expect them to call anything off but it must be surreal playing or watching knowing about it. One of the Houston players has a message on his shoes in felt tip.

Bloody hell, this half time show guy hasn't read the room. "How you doing guys?!?".

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There is talk that the NBA might postpone the night games, but it was too late for the afternoon games. Cool moment in the Spurs/Raptors game, where both teams took 24 shot clock violations to start the game. And the fans chanting Kobe before the Nuggets game.

Just heartbreaking. Like many others. I hated Kobe growing up. Always had respect for him and his game. And following him with his daughter getting into basketball lately has been awesome as well.

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I’m in genuine shock. He was one of the main reasons I got into basketball in the late 90’s/early 00’s. First of all it was knowing a basketball player shared my last name was kind of neat, then I saw him play and he pulled me into the sport, along with Shaq. 

Awful, awful news. Even worse knowing one of his daughters was onboard as well as one of her teammates and another parent.

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RIP Kobe, that sucks. Like someone up there said, people beyind the scope of the game or being a fan knew Kobe's name.

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Utterly horrific. Nine people on board died, apparently.

 

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Pardon my ignorance as I'm no basketball fan, but last I heard of Kobe in the news he was a rapist. Why exactly is he receiving a hero's farewell? Genuinely confused. I heard CNN refer to him as a "Champion for Women" and honestly have never felt so disgusted.

Awful way to go. I feel for his family, and the loss of his 13 year old as well is gut wrenching. Shit situation over all.

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Because the accuser refused to testify in court, the case was dropped. Kobe did say later that he realized that after hearing her in person, that it wasn't consensual like he thought it had been. They later settled out of court.

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Ok, so he is an admitted rapist then, though not convicted through a technicality. He then bought her off. 

So my point stand. He's no hero. This is news, no doubt. But he's only one of the greats because he managed to get away with rape and played a further 10 years after the fact. Going to and supporting the WNBA doesn't make him a Hero for Women. That's still a gross assessment of his legacy. 

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This has literally just happened and emotions are going to be high - I really am not sure whether this is the time or place for that particular debate.

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They eulogized him by calling him a champion for women, hence the question I posed.... It's not really a debate. That's like calling Michael Jackson a champion for children everywhere. 

His death is news, there's no doubt. But that doesn't excuse what he did. Let's see if Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, R-Kelly and Harvey Weinstein get the same big farewell tour. It's gross, emotions involved or not.

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arwrestling, we can certainly have this discussion on EWB in a few days time. I am neither agreeing or disagreeing with your take on it at this moment in time. 

 

But right now, at this moment in time, just drop it mate? Thank you - much appreciated.

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There's no denying there are things you're saying that are correct, but have a look at the reactions of some of the people in this thread and how this has affected them. Like Lineker says, this isn't the time for that debate.

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Rooting for Sasha Banks to win this.

EDIT: the worst part is it still took me like three days to notice I fucked up on which tab I switched over to. But I'm leaving it up for posterity!!

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