Sunday, 26 January 2020 22:17

Kobe Bryant: Getty Images.

Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash, reports said.

He was 41.

Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said at least five people died in the crash.

Bryant is a former NBA basketball star who spent his 20-season career entirely with Los Angeles Lakers. He is also the third all-time scorer in the NBA and won five NBA championships. 

He was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but lived in Italy, where his father played basketball, for most of his childhood. In 1996,Bryant joined the NBA right after graduating from high school.

During his NBA career, Bryant proved his icon status. He used to hold the record for all-time points in the NBA until LeBron James surpassed him on Saturday, January 25.

In 2016, He retired from the NBA and in his final game he set yet another record for the organization.

Bryant was married to his wife Vanessa Bryant and has four children with her: Bianka, Gianna, Natalia, and Capri, their youngest child they had in June.