Hip-Hop Mourns Death of Kobe Bryant
Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant reportedly died after being in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday (Jan. 26).
According to ABC, the incident occurred Sunday morning around 10 a.m. PST and all five people onboard died as a result. The outlet reports Bryant was riding in a private helicopter flight on a Sikorsky S-76 when a fire reportedly broke out. Eyewitnesses tell authorities they heard the aircraft sputtering before it ultimately went down.
There are many unknown factors in the crash. It is not known where the flight originated from or its destination. It is also not known whether the pilot radioed for help when the aircraft became unstable. As of press time, none of the other passengers have been identified. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Bryant was 41. This story is developing.
Bryant had an illustrious 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers that included appearing on 18 All-Star teams, earning five NBA championships and a couple of NBA Finals MVPs. He is fourth all-time in scoring. He also won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. Men's Basketball team.
He was also a fan-favorite of the hip-hop community. Many artists including Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and more have used their social media accounts to mourn the basketball great.
XXL sends condolences to the family of Kobe Bryant.
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