Breaking News: Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

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Basketball great Kobe Bryant, 41, has died in a helicopter crash, according to the US media report.

The helicopter crash which took place on Sunday on a hillside in Calabasas, 30 miles west of Los Angeles, California, killed nine people.

Kobe Bryant, one of the best basketball players ever, who played for Los Angeles Lakers, was one of 5 people victims, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which received reports of the crashed aircraft just after 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m PT).

Onboard the helicopter, which belonged to Kobe Bryant, were his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Gianna’s friend and her parent, a college baseball coach and his wife, the pilot and others. None of them survived the crash.

More information and updates follow.