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Kobe Bryant among group killed in helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles

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Crushing news coming out of Los Angeles today: NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash. Among those reporting of the tragedy are ABC 7, TMZ, and ESPN.

I am at a loss for words. Kobe Bryant was an all time great who for a period of his life, called Philadelphia home. His influence expands beyond the NBA to an international level. He’s been an idol for kids around the world, some of them in the NBA today. This is going to impact every corner of the League. Players across the league are voicing their disbelief, grief, and gratitude.

Most importantly, Kobe was a father and a husband. A family has lost their an irreplaceable part of their life. Absolutely heart breaking news on this Sunday afternoon.

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