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CBS SPORTS: NBA Legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant

(CBS SPORTS) - Kobe Bryant, 41, died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, according to multiple reports. The former Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA superstar was traveling with at least three other passengers, according to TMZ, which first reported that five people are confirmed dead in the crash. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's wife, is reportedly not among them. 

Bryant, an Orange County resident, famously took a helicopter to games and practices when playing for the Lakers as a means of avoiding traffic and the confined space of a car. 

The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history with 33,643 career points, Bryant was a five-time NBA champion with the Lakers and 18-time NBA All-Star who was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 2008. He was twice an NBA Finals MVP and an 11-time All-NBA First Team selection. The two-time NBA scoring champion was known just as much for his prowess on the other end of the court, picking up nine selections to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Both of his jersey numbers -- 8 and 24 -- were retired by the Lakers.

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri.

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