Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was a National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He was a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout his 20-year NBA career (NBA). Bryant was a two-time NBA Finals MVP, and a member of the NBA All-Star team an incredible 18 times, as well as a member of the All-NBA team 15 times, and even a member of the All-Defensive team 12 times. After he died in 2020, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
A helicopter carrying retired NBA player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others crashed in Calabasas, California, some 30 miles north of Los Angeles, on January 26, 2020, killing everyone on board. Bryant's death sent shockwaves through the sports world in the United States. Kobe was 41 when he passed away.

Career and Achievements
While being a student at Lower Merion, Bryant was named the best American high-school basketball player. He declared for the 1996 NBA draft and was taken 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets; he was later transferred to the Lakers. Bryant was son of former National Basketball Association player Joe Bryant. After winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, Bryant was named an All-Star in his second season. Despite a rift with teammate Shaquille O'Neal, the two led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. Soon after Bryant was charged with sexual assault in 2003, criminal charges were dropped immediately as the accuser refused to testify, and a lawsuit was settled out of court after Bryant issued a public apology and admitted to consensual sexual intercourse. This incident cost him some of his most lucrative sponsorship deals, but he maintained his position as one of the wealthiest and most popular athletes in the United States. Bryant was noted for his generosity, as well as various business enterprises and film initiatives; in addition to his long playing career (he wrote the 2017 short film Dear Basketball, which won an Academy Award).

The death
On January 26, 2020, Bryant and his daughter were on their way to Gianna's basketball game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, along with the other passengers. The chopper crashed in cloudy weather not long after take-off. The accident stunned sports enthusiasts throughout the United States and the world. Bryant was scheduled to emcee the Grammy Awards that night, and the event became the first of many tributes to him and his daughter. In honour of Bryant, the Los Angeles Airport, the Empire State Building, and the Burj Khalifa were all illuminated in purple and yellow, the Lakers' colours. Bryant's long-time colleague, an occasional competitor, and another finest player of the era, Shaquille O'Neal, stated he had "no words to explain the sadness" he felt when he learned of his death, while another NBA veteran, Michael Jordan, called Bryant "one of the game's greats and a creative force."

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