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I don't know how much of MTF follows the NBA. But a legend, Kobe Bryant and one of his four daughters were among nine killed in a helicopter accident in California.

First reported by TMZ: Kobe Bryant Dead, Dies in Helicopter Crash

Sources later confirmed to ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski

Source: Kobe among dead in helicopter crash

Now it's all over major US News networks. I will update here as soon as more is known.

Rest in peace to a basketball legend and one of the greatest figures in sports. ?
 

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And the strange thing is Lebron passed him for 3rd place all time yesterday.
Im a Celtics fan here and on court he was ruthless. But since retiring and watcing him in interviews i kind of like him.
Was a tragedy. Atleast he wasnt with his wife and daughters.

Shocking
 

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I can't believe it. I pray that his family will be ok. Jesus Christ, we have lost an icon
 

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wow.... RIP, huge loss
 

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I don't even know how to process it. Not much to say that hasn't been said already. RIP Mamba
 

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One of my childhood heroes. This news hurt me incredibly bad and I started to cry like a toddler. In absolute ruins.

But as they say, smile because it happened. I’m incredibly thankful to have watched him and I’m feeling blessed to have had the mercy to be a witness of his legacy and life on tv.

Rest in peace and I wish the whole family from the deepest bottom of my heart sincerely the very best. Thanks Kobe!
 

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Hugely in shock since learning of the news. Sometimes it hits you how fragile life could be. Nothing is ever taken for granted. At least he lived a fruitful life and all the things he did for the sport and his legacy, those will stay forever.
 

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now 9 dead from this horrible accident

his 13 year old (nickname gigi, ironic that my friend gigi called me with the news)

also has 3 other daughters age 17, 3 and a baby
and his devastated wife and mom to gigi

to me he was one of top 10 sports people in last 20 years.

God bless you Kobe and watch over the family
 

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It's especially painful the fact that his daugther was 13. That is no age to go.

This is a tragedy from every angle, but I honestly find nothing more devastating than a young life lost.
 

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At first, I was in disbelief, now I still can't wrap my mind around it yet... Tragic news, you never know which day will be your last day on Earth. No guarantees you will be back in your bed once you get up from it in the morning. Really makes you think, he had it all, family, career, name, money...and all of a sudden it's to no avail...
 

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Was never into NBA but Kobe/Michael Jordan and Lebron James are pretty much the only players I’ve heard of. RIP, devastating way to go. Especially sad for the wife and the other kids who lost a husband/father and a daughter/sister
 
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