SIT news has confirmed that former NBA Star Kobe Bryant has died in an helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Kobe was onboard with at least 3 other people when a fire reportedly broke out on board his personal Sikorsky S-76 chopper.

Some eye witnesses of the crash reported hearing the engine sputter as the helicopter was letting off smoke and beginning to descend quickly. Kobe would commonly take his personal helicopter to games at the Staple Center when he played there for the LA Lakers, and he still routinely would use it to travel around the California area.

Kobe Bryant leaves behind his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Natalia, Gianna, and Bianca and their newborn baby, Capri.

TMZ was the first to report the news via Twitter:

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The report has since been confirmed by a number of publications and authorities. Kobe was one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game and he was most recently seen just the night before congratulating Lebron James for passing him for the third spot on the all time NBA scoring list.

Kobe was a living legend both on and off the court and he leaves behind a legacy of greatness that won’t soon be forgotten. Our team at Sports Information Traders sends our condolences to the Bryant family and the others who lost their lives in today’s tragic helicopter crash.

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