Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

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>>>THIS IS BREAKING NEWS FROM CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>BREAKING NEWS ROCKING THE SPORTS WORLD. FORMER L.A. LAKERS STAR KOBE BRYANT HAS DIED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN CALIFORNIA. AN NBC NEWS CONFIRMS HIS 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IS ONE OF THE VICTIMS AS WELL. ALSO WE JUST LEARNED WITHIN THE LAST 30 MINUTES THAT NINE PEOPLE DIED IN THAT HELICOPTER CRASH. IT HAPPENED IN CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, NORTHWEST OF LOS ANGELES. TAYLOR, SO MANY PEOPLE SHOCKED AND HEART BROKEN AT THIS. IT’S JUST STUNNING.>>YEAH. ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE THE WORLD JUST STOPS. THIS IS KOBE BRYANT, THE KOBE BRYANT, THE NBA GIANT, THE FIVE TIME CHAMPION, 18 TIME ALL-STAR, TWO TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST, JUST DOESN’T TEAM JUST DOESN’T TSEM JUST DOESN’T TSEEM REAL. KOBE WAS JUST 41 YEARS YOUNG, A HUSBAND AND FATHER TO FOUR LITTLE GIRLS INCLUDING GIANNA WHO WAS KILLED AS WELL. ACCORDING TO REPORTS THE GROUP WAS IN ROUTE TO A YOUTH TRAVELED BASKETBALL GAME. ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT KOBE IS IN THE SECOND ACT OF HIS CAREER HE’S BEEN A HUGE ADVOCATE FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, WOMEN IN GENERAL, COACHED HIS GIRL’S TRAVEL TEAM. WAS INVOLVED IN HIS OWN DAUGHTER’S BASKETBALL CAREER. HEARTBREAKING ALL AROUND. I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK WITH MARK BOIL IN PORTLAND PREPARING FOR A GAME TONIGHT AND SHARED HIS THOUGHTS ON KOBE BRYANT.>>YOU COULD MAKE THE CASE HE WAS THE BEST PLAYER OF HIS GENERATION BUT EVEN IF NOT, HE’S EXTREMELY INFLUENTIAL AND ONE OF THE WAYS YOU CAN TELL EVEN NOW IS BY HOW MANY OF THE YOUNGER GUYS FEEL THEIR ADMIRATION FOR HIM. WE HAVE A GUY WITH THE PACERS WHO WEARS NUMBER 24 BECAUSE OF KOBE BRYANT AND OTHER PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE LEAGUE WHO WORSHIPPED HIM GROWING UP, WHO BECAME PLAYERS BECAUSE OF FANS OF HIS. SO HIS IMPACT IS FELT TODAY BY THE CURRENT GENERATION OF PLAYERS.>>AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, A LOT OF PLAYERS AND JUST PEOPLE IN GENERAL ARE TALKING ABOUT KOBE BRYANT’S DEATH. FORMER PACER REGGIE MILLER SAYING THIS IS PIERCING MY SOUL. PRAYERS TO THE BRYANT FAMILY. HARD TO EVEN COMPREHEND. MILES TURNER POSTED A PICTURE WITH BROKEN HEARTS AND TOM BRADY POSTING TONIGHT SAYING WE MISS YOU ALREADY KOBE AND I KNOW I JUST SAW FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BIG BASKETBALL FAN BARACK OBAMA SENDING HIS CONDOLENCES. WE’LL HAVE MORE LATER. LeBRON JAMES COMMENTED LAST NIGHT AFTER HE BROKE KOBE BRYANT’S RECORD IN THE ALL TIME SCORE TO PASS KOBE BRYANT. WE’LL HEAR FROM HIM ABOUT WHAT KOBE BRYANT HAS MEANT TO HIM AS A PLAYER.>>I THINK WHAT RESONATES WITH ALL OF US, HE WASN’T JUST A FANTASTIC PLAYER BUT A PHILANTHROPIST AND FANTASTIC FATHER.>>HE WAS GOING WITH HIS DAUGHTER TO HER BASKETBALL GAME. THIS IS WHAT HE LOVED TO DO. HELPING THE YOUTH AND THESE YOUNG KIDS GROW IN THE BASKETBALL WORLD. HE’S GOING TO BE MISSED. THE EFFECTS ARE FELT NOW AND FOREVER BECAUSE HE’S A GAME CHANGER.>>TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FROM SAN ANTONIO AS WELL. THIS IS DURING THE FIRST RAPTORS GAME TODAY. RAPTORS GUARD STOOD NEAR THE TIMELINE, LET THE SHOT CLOCK RUN DOWN, TAKING A VIOLATION. DIONTAE MURRAY DID THE SAME THING. THE CROWD DID A STANDING OVATION CHANTING KOBE’S NAME. HERE AT WTHR WE REMEMBER FOLLOWING KOBE WHEN HE WAS PART OF TEAM USA IN LONDON BACK IN 2012. ASIDE FROM THE MEN’S KEEP KOBE WAS ALSO A BIG FAN OF THE USA WOMEN’S TEAM. HE WAS THERE IN THE STANDS CHEERING ALL OF THEM ON. THERE IS STILL A LOT OF INFORMATION WE ARE GATHERING RIGHT NOW ABOUT THIS CRASH AS WELL AS REACTION FROM THE SPORTS

 

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