MMA community mourns tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant

WATCH Kobe Bryant's motivational speech to Bama Football team in 2018

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The 41-year-old Bryant's wife Vanessa was not among those on his private helicopter when a fire broke out, according to TMZ Sports.

News as he arrived on the red carpet, telling reporters he "didn't believe" the news at first. Altobelli's daughter was on the same basketball team as Bryant's daughter. He coached future major leaguers including Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets. "The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks". Our most heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.

In his post-NBA life, Bryant continued to sit courtside, often joined by GiGi.

The outside of MSG was lit in Lakers' purple and gold, as well as the indoor lights above the jumbotron.

During the Pro Bowl, NFC defensive players honored Bryant with a sack celebration. Authorities confirmed that five people died, with no survivors.

The Grammy Awards pre-telecast ceremony opened with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.

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Bryant had one of the greatest careers in recent National Basketball Association history and became one of the game's most popular players as the face of the 16-time National Basketball Association champion Lakers franchise. He was an 18-times NBA All-Star who wore the No. 24 during his 20-year career with the team.

Bryant retired in 2016, finishing two decades with the Lakers as a prolific scorer with a sublime all-around game and a relentless competitive ethic.

The Los Angeles Times reports the helicopter took off from Orange County, where Bryant lived.

Police have yet to confirm the identities of the remaining passengers, none of whom survived, but the athletic community has been commenting on the crash. Lucas says investigators will try to make identifications of the victims as quickly as possible.

Francis Gary Powers, a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, was killed when the KNBC-TV news helicopter he was piloting ran out of fuel and crashed near Encino, California.

One of the people involved in the negotiations told CBS Sports that Kobe even signed off on the deal.

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