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Kobe Bryant, daughter and 7 others killed in helicopter crash

CALABASAS, Calif. - (AP) Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41.

A person familiar with the situation tells the AP that Bryant died in a crash near Calabasas, California. A different person familiar with the crash told AP that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died. Authorities said nine people were on the helicopter.

Bryant was an 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history.

Bryant leaves a deep legacy after just 41 years. He was a pro basketball star for half his life. Bryant was an 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2016 as the third greatest scorer in history.

Off the court, he was an Oscar-winning producer, a media executive, a supporter of women's sports and a mentor to dozens of young athletes.

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