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NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

Former National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash, according to published reports.

Bryant, 41, was one of five people killed when a helicopter crashed in Calabasas. Calif, according to ESPN.com. Also reportedly on board of the aircraft was Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, (opens in new tab) according to ESPN.com.

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The five-time NBA champion retired in 2016 as the third most prolific scorer in NBA history. Bryant was surpassed on the list by LeBron James just last night. 

During his 20-year NBA career, Bryant earned a Most Valuable Player award in 2008 and played on 18 NBA All-Star teams. He also earned basketball Gold medals as a player on two USA Olympics teams. 

In 2018, Bryant launched a sports documentary series, Detail, a sports analysis series on ESPN.com and ESPN+. He also won an Academy Award for best animated short for Dear Basketball.

Executives from the television and entertainment world reacted to Bryant's passing on social media:

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R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.