Kobe Bryant, 41, dies in helicopter crash

The late Kobe Bryant, who tragically died January 26 in a helicopter crash in California (Credit: Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time and was one of the league's marquee personalities and a sports marketing force for a more than a generation, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26. He was 41.

Bryant, who skipped college and entered the National Basketball Association at age 18 directly from high school, was a five-time league champion, an 18-time All Star, the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008, a two-time NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010), and a two-time Olympic gold medallist, among many other honors in the game.

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