Kobe Bryant dies: Sports world reacts to NBA legend's sudden passing aged 41

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Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash.

The 41-year-old was involved in the fatal incident in which a private aircraft carrying five people came down in Calabasas near Los Angeles, California.

Bryant was an NBA legend, winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers over a career than spanned 20 years.

The Los Angeles Times reported: "A helicopter crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, with multiple fatalities reported.

"The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road, according to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

"The crash ignited a brush fire and made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, he said.

"Sources at the scene said they believed there were multiple fatalities, but the exact number was unclear.

"The fire was contained to the crash site, officials said. There were no homes in the area, and no roadways were impacted."

The NBA world has reacted to the tragic news, with tweets from Luka Doncic, Dwyane Wade, Joel Embiid and more.

Other stars from the world of sports have reacted to Kobe's death.

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Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, is not believed to have been involved in the accident.

Bryant and Vanessa had four daughters together - Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and their newborn Capri.

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