Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, has passed away at the age of 41 following a helicopter crash that occurred in Los Angeles, according to TMZ Sports.
Numerous reports state that Bryant was traveling with four other passengers, one of them being his daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, 13, when the helicopter was caught on by flames and crashed in the hills above Calabasas.
The father and daughter were reportedly on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.
According to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred before 10 a.m. PST near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road.
“Particularly when he was young, to be a part of his life and to watch his career grow, watch him grow, this is one of the most tragic days of my life,” said Lakers legend, Jerry West. “I know somewhere along the way I guess I’ll come to grips with it. But now I have all these different emotions regarding him. The things I watched him do on the basketball court, but more importantly he was going to make a difference off the court, and he was making a difference off the court. It’s so unexplainable. This is going to take a long time for me.”
Bryant, who is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, Natalia, Bianka and newborn Capri, first joined the LA Lakers in 1996. Nicknamed the Black Mamba, Bryant went on to play for 20 seasons and retired in 2016 as the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history.
Both of Bryant’s jersey nos. 8 and 24 were retired by the Lakers in 2017. He is the only player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same franchise. Bryant was also nominated for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this past December.
Diddy Accused of Sexual Harassment & Assault From ‘The Love Album’ Producer
Diddy faces new legal challenges as he is implicated in yet another lawsuit, accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and illicit drugging by a producer who contributed to his recent album, The Love Album: Off the Grid.
In the legal filing, Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones alleges that he lived with Diddy from September 2022 to November 2023, during which Diddy coerced Jones into arranging sex workers, pressured him into unwelcome sexual acts, and provided spiked alcoholic beverages at his parties.
Seeking $30 million in damages, Jones lists Diddy’s son Justin, chief of staff Kristina Khorram, Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grainge, and former Motown Records CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam as co-defendants. Jones claims they collaborated in a “RICO enterprise” that failed to adequately oversee the actions of Diddy, his son, and his chief of staff.
Jones’ lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn, states, “Throughout his time with Mr. Combs, Mr. Jones witnessed, experienced, and endured many things that went far beyond his role as a Producer on the Love album,” emphasizing that Combs “required” constant recording.
Filed on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York, the 75-page lawsuit also involves City Girls’ Yung Miami, Diddy’s girlfriend at the time; detailing a sexual assault by Yung Miami’s female cousin in the presence of Combs and his staff.
Responding to the allegations, Diddy’s attorney, Shawn Holley, counters the claims as “pure fiction” and asserts that they have “overwhelming, indisputable proof of their lies.” “We will address these outlandish allegations in court and take all appropriate action against those who make them.”
This comes after a previous legal dispute initiated by Cassie, a former Bad Boy artist, in November, alleging control, rape, and prolonged abuse by Diddy over a decade. The parties settled within 24 hours of the filing.
J. Cole Previews New Music & Creates A New Instagram Account
Earlier this afternoon, J. Cole surprised fans with a rare Instagram Story post directing them to a new account, @mightdeletelater26. The “26” in the handle pays homage to Fayetteville’s 2-6 and is a clear indication that this is Cole’s burner account.
In a 10-minute video on the new account, J. Cole takes us behind the scenes of his upcoming album, “The Fall Off.” During the video, the “First Person Shooter” rapper talks about how he’s fallen off in his production skills, shows studio collaborations with Tay Keith and Metro Boomin, and a recording session of the track ‘She Knows,’ among other highlights.
Titled “Might Delete Later, Vol. 1,” the vlog offers fans a sneak peek of a brand new track where the “First Person Shooter” draws parallels between his highly anticipated album and Jay-Z‘s legendary debut “Reasonable Doubt.”
“There’s not a rap n—a breathing that could outlast/ The Fall-Off is like Hov dropping Reasonable Doubt last,” he spits.
Watch the official vlog above.
Meek Mill Drops Vory from Dreamchasers After Leaked Footage Shows Him Threatening Girlfriend
Vory, who has been associated with Dreamchasers since 2022, boasts an impressive musical portfolio with collaborations alongside prominent artists such as Kanye West on three tracks from ‘DONDA’ – ‘God Breathed,’ ‘Jonah,’ and ‘No Child Left Behind.’ He has also worked with Gunna, NAV and others. His debut album, ‘Lost Souls,’ was released in 2022.
Taking to Twitter, Meek Mill announced Vory being dropped from the Dreamchasers imprint, citing concerns about Vory’s mental state. Meek stated, “This guy is not a dream chaser! He has a mental problem! We cutting ties we don’t care how ya music sound.”
Vory girlfriend has called him out on social media with proof that he abuses her. This is insane 😨 pic.twitter.com/dMhgWDuDDT— 👑 (@VllIRGO) February 14, 2024
The decision came after Vory allegedly avoided Meek’s attempts at communication, with Meek expressing frustration over the situation. Meek emphasized, “He been ducking my calls for months telling people I’m threatening him… stopped alot of people dude he is not dreamchaser!”
In response, Vory’s ex-girlfriend addressed the incident on her Instagram Stories, accusing him of trying to tarnish her reputation. She revealed, “@Vory you are a disgusting person, you want to paint me out to be this ‘whore’ / bad person. When it’s you!! I don’t want to be with you or take your Valentine’s Day gift or spend time with you as a family because of all this shit you’ve put me through for TWO years so you go on social media and tell lies and try to spread this false narrative.”
Vory initially gained recognition in 2015 with his debut mixtape ‘Overdose‘ under the alias King Vory. The project featured collaborations with local talents such as Wuntayk Timmy and Bryson Tiller, along with Lil Bibby, A.D., and Johnny Cinco across its 18 tracks.
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