Kobe Bryant attends a gathering with his fans during his 'Supernatural Asia Tour 2007' in Shanghai on September 8, 2007 Reuters
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant jumps for a rebound against the Denver Nuggets during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles on May 21, 2009 Reuters
Kobe Bryant dunks against the Boston Celtics late in the fourth quarter during Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball championship in Los Angeles on June 15, 2008 Reuters
Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan and Lakers' Kobe Bryant chat during the second half of the NBA All-Star game in Atlanta, February 9, 2003 Reuters
President Barack Obama (R) shares a laugh with Kobe Bryant during a ceremony honoring the 2009 NBA basketball champions Los Angeles Lakers in the East Room at the White House in Washington on January 25, 2010 Reuters
Kobe Bryant holds up the Bill Russell MVP Award (R) and the Larry O'Brien Trophy as he signals his four career championship victories after they defeated the Orlando Magic to win the championship in Orlando, Florida on June 14, 2009 Reuters
Kobe Bryant smiles with daughters Gianna (R) and Natalia with the Bill Russell MVP Trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 to win the 2010 NBA Finals in Los Angeles on June 17, 2010 Reuters
Kobe Bryant and family pose for a photo during a halftime ceremony to retire his two numbers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 18, 2017 Reuters
Kobe Bryant carries his daughter Gianna, as his wife Vanessa and daughter Natalia (2nd R) stand next to him during the Lakers' NBA Championship parade in Los Angeles, California on June 21, 2010 Reuters
Kobe Bryant is pictured with his daughter Gianna at the WNBA All Star Game in Las Vegas, July 27, 2019 Reuters
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks back to call a play against the Oklahoma Thunder during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Los Angeles, April 27, 2010 Reuters
Kobe Bryant walks past fans before the second half of the Lakers game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 7, 2012 Reuters
Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed at age 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others on board. The cause of the crash was unknown, and an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board could take months.
Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers - 18 of them as an all-star - winning five NBA championships.