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NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

The NBA superstar was among five people killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Southern California. He was 41. 

A person familiar with the situation tells the AP that Bryant died in a crash near Calabasas, California. A different person familiar with the crash told AP that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died.

Bryant was an 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history and held that spot until LeBron James overtook him Saturday night. 

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