Many people know and love the one, the only NBA legend Black Mamba. Today, we lost one of the all-time greats. Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California. He was forty-one years old. 

The New York Post reported that Bryant was one of four people traveling in his private helicopter when a fire broke out in Calabasas, California today. Due to the flames, rescue attempts were hindered.

TMZ Sports revealed that the fire sent the chopper spiraling from the sky and that there were no survivors. The scene of the crash is still under investigation. Five people were involved in the crash, one of whom was his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, who passed with him.

Kobe played with the Los Angeles Lakers for two decades, winning five championships. He's also known and loved by many to be a man of character, heart, and dedication, loyal to his family, team, and friends.

His shocking passing came only shortly after he gave a sentimental toast to LeBron James, who had placed him on the league's all-time greatest scoring list.

There is no doubt that he and his daughter will leave a hole in the hearts of not only their community but the world who mourns their loss. The Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department provided this update moments before Kobe's passing was revealed.

After the shocking announcement, Hollywood stars, teammates, and friends took to social media to post their condolences. The responses are overwhelming.

Stephen Curry posted about his friend, saying, "A lot of questions right now. Our faith is being tested...but all I can say is thank you πŸ™πŸ½. May you and Gianna rest easy!"

His former teammate Jordan Clarksons added, "lost for words, bro was more than a teammate.. my mentor, the homie, a superhero, my idol, big brother thankful for experiences we had, cherished every moment with you dawg long live KB."

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. This is a breaking news story. We will update the article with more information when it is confirmed. 

* This article has been updated.

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