Kobe Bryant: Life in pictures

Kobe Bryant: Life in pictures

US basketball legend Kobe Bryant

US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, have died in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California. Seven other passengers were also killed.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, played for the LA Lakers throughout his career and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history.

Bryant dunks the ball whilst playing against Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City in 2012.

Bryant slam dunks against Nigeria during the Men’s Basketball Preliminary Round match of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The US team won the gold medal at the games.

Former US President Barack Obama posed with Bryant (centre) and Derek Fisher during an event with the 2008-2009 NBA Champions in 2010.

Fans reach out to touch Kobe Bryant as he leaves the court after defeating the Utah Jazz in 2016. The game was his last after a 20 year career with the Lakers

Bryant is pictured with his daughter Gianna, who also died in the helicopter accident, at the WNBA All Star Game in 2019.

Bryant won four All-Star MVP Awards, a record that is tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history.

Turning his hand to filmmaking, Bryant won an Oscar for best short animated film in 2018 for Dear Basketball, a five-minute film based on a love letter he wrote to the sport. He is seen above at the 90th Annual Academy Awards with this wife Vanessa Laine.

Source: BBC

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