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.
August Alsina Confirms Tory Lanez Reportedly Assaulted Him
After a few hours went by, August Alsina took to Instagram a picture of himself with a bloodied mouth, seemingly confirming that an altercation did occur. Though he did not address Tory Lanez by name, he referred to the artist as a Leprechaun and wrote the following caption: “As I’m exiting the building after the show last night, a 4’11 sized leprechaun ran down on me w/ 8 oversized security n*ggas.”
Alsina also confirmed GossipOfTheCity’s report that Lanez was mad he did not dap him up. “There was never a ‘fight!’ Simply an assault,” said Alsina.
Tory Lanez has denied that an altercation took place stating, “I don’t know what everybody talking about… But I’ve been in the studio… I’m not in anything negative… I’ve been working on my myself… and being a better person.”
Tory Lanez Announces New Album ‘Sorry 4 What’ And Release Date
Riding on the momentum of his performance at Rolling Loud: Toronto, Tory Lanez returns to announce his new album, Sorry 4 What.
Supported by the single, “It Doesn’t Matter,” Tory Lanez upcoming project is scheduled to drop on Friday, Sept. 30. Sorry 4 What will serve as a follow-up to his 2021 album, Alone At Prom. The news comes shortly after Lanez received a new court date in the Megan Thee Stallion felony assault case. “Trial start date continued to between Nov. 28 and Dec. 8 over objection of prosecutors bc Tory’s lawyer in an arbitration,” said Rolling Stone reporter, Nancy Dillon.
SORRY 4 WHAT ……. 18 SONGS ….. SEPT 30th ……….. Let’s Begin 🥷🔥🍾🔮🎭 pic.twitter.com/RfhJfGN74o— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) September 16, 2022
Philadelphia Rapper Pnb Rock Shot & Killed In Los Angeles
On Monday, Sept. 12, video surfaced of rapper Pnb Rock laid on the ground of a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles establishment covered in blood. According to bystanders who posted the video footage, the “Selfish” rapper had reportedly been shot after a robbery gone bad at a Los Angeles’ Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.
The video is too gruesome to share, but has been going viral on social media. However, it has been confirmed that the rapper was with his girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, at the time of the shooting.
“The victim was sitting at a table eating with a female witness when he was approached by the suspect,” said Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz. “The suspect then brandished a firearm and demanded his property. … The suspect then fired multiple rounds and then appears to remove some property, to what extent we don’t know at this time.”
As of 8:30 PM, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed that PnB Rock, born Rakim Allen, passed away just before 2 PM PT/5 PM ET.
He was 30 years-old.
Our prayers are with his family and friends.
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