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Former LA Lakers Basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna, Dead After Helicopter Crash

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Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna, Dead After Helicopter Crash

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.

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“For those Kobe fans that are out there, that are feeling like I feel right now, just try and think of all the joy that he brought you.”Brian Shaw reacts to the reported passing of Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/WjAwmIHQle

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AR-Ab Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison In Drug Trafficking Case

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Philly rapper AR-Ab has been sentenced to 45 years in prison following the conviction in his drug trafficking case.

Born Abdul West, the 37-year-old rapper is accused of turning his Original Block Hustlaz label (OBH) into a drug trafficking ring which led to the 2017 murder of Robert Johnson. While appearing in front of U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday, Baylson told the courtroom that the murder of Johnson and the content of his West’s lyrics weren’t taken into account during his sentencing.

“You could have been a hero instead of a criminal,” he said. “But you became a drug dealer. You made that decision. That’s why you’re being punished.”

AR-Ab responded to Judge Baylson stating that he “doesn’t understand his culture.”

“The court, the FBI agents, and the prosecutors don’t understand my culture. We don’t rap about flowers and rainbows. We’re gangsta rappers. We rap about where we grew up. So we rap about drug dealing. We rap about violence.”

During the trial, a number of witnesses revealed that West’s alleged drug ring obtained drugs including crack cocaine, heroin and meth from a distributor in California. These witnesses also told the judge that the drugs were being stored in an upscale Center City apartment, in an effort to draw less attention from law enforcement.

To OBH’s demise, however, FBI agents raided one of the stash houses at the One Water Street Apartments in Old City and seized 10 kilograms of cocaine. AR-Ab went on to rap about it on his “Beef (Freestyle).”

“Quarter million loss, got a broke heart,” he rapped. “And they snatched my dog, that’s the worst part/One rat destroy everything you work for/I pray to God that he don’t tell them who he work for.”

Dontez “Tez” Stewart, a key witness in the trial who was charged with the murder of Johnson, testified against AR-Ab in exchange for a lighter sentence.

“I’m not saying I’m innocent. I’m saying I’m not guilty of all them charges,” said AR-Ab before being escorted by U.S. Marshalls out the courtroom. The rapper plans to file an appeal.

 

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DMX Passes Away at 50

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It’s with profound sadness that we announce that Yonkers rapper-actor DMX, born Earl Simmons, has passed away at age 50.

On Friday (Apr. 9) afternoon, his family issued a formal statement to friends and fans, after conducting numerous brain activity tests on Thursday. According to the brain functioning test results, DMX showed no improvement in his brain activity which led to the family making the tough decision to take him off life support.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” read the statement. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

The White Plains Hospital, where DMX was admitted, also shared a statement: White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

DMX was rushed to the hospital on Friday, Apr. 2, after having a heart attack.

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DMX Reportedly Suffered from Overdose & In Critical Condition

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DMX has reportedly suffered from an overdose.

According to TMZ, the rapper, born Earl Simmons, had the overdose on Friday (Apr. 2) night at around 11 p.m. and was rushed to a hospital in White Plans, New York. Sources from the hospital told TMZ that DMX has had “some brain activity,” however, is reportedly in a “vegetative state” and may not make it, according to doctors overseeing his care.

Rick Ross took to Instagram Stories that he was sending prayers to the rapper.

Back in 2019, DMX sought rehab following his year-long bid in prison for tax evasion.

DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, confirmed with ABC7 that DMX had a heart attack and is now on life support.

“I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had a heart attack, and I’m not sure how it was induced and that he’s on life support,” said Richman.

Richman did not confirm whether or not the heart attack was a result of an overdose. “I’ve spoken to the family and the family and I are quite close with each other. I am concerned about his well-being and mindful of his significance. I have known Earl for over 25 years and I believe that his music is quite poignant, very important. He’s truly a poet of our time,” Richman said.

Ja Rule on Twitter: “🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾Prayers up for my brother DMX… 😔 / Twitter”

🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾Prayers up for my brother DMX… 😔

 

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As of Saturday, April 3, at 5:51 p.m., Richman told Pix11 that X has been “taken off the life support system and he’s breathing on his own.”

PIX11 News on Twitter: “Here’s what DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, told PIX11 News Saturday afternoon. MORE: https://t.co/yBATmKlUeV pic.twitter.com/BHzJTa3nkQ / Twitter”

Here’s what DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, told PIX11 News Saturday afternoon. MORE: https://t.co/yBATmKlUeV pic.twitter.com/BHzJTa3nkQ

As of 8 p.m. ET, DMX’s attorney tells Rolling Stone that he was “given wrong information” and X is still on life support.

Following Richman’s report to Rolling Stone, TMZ has received word from one of DMX’s family members’ that paramedics tried resuscitating the rapper for 30 minutes and the lack of oxygen has severely impacted his brain. A family member has also told TMZ that his children are flying in to him.

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