Basketball player Kobe Bryant , 41, dies in Calabasas helicopter crash

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant reportedly died in a helicopter crash in California, it has been reported.

The NBA legend enjoyed a glittering 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers during his prime.

TMZ report Bryant was travelling in his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas on Sunday morning.

The chopper is said to have been on fire after going down, as emergency services battled in vain to save those on board.

Five people have been confirmed dead as a result of the crash, which is now under investigation.

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

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