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Kobe Bryant dead at 41 in helicopter crash

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Not Houston Rockets news, but big NBA news nonetheless: Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has died at 41 in helicopter crash in California.

Bryant’s copter reportedly crashed and caught fire, keeping emergency personnel from getting to anyone. Kobe was one of five people on the flight and none of them survived.

In a stark reminder of how life can change in an instant, Kobe had just tweeted congrats to Lebron James a mere hours before after being passed by Lebron on the all-time scoring list.

There are conflicting reports that Bryant may have also been with one of his daughters. More as we have it.

Condolences from The Dream Shake.

UPDATE:

The news is official. Terrible.