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.
Lil Durk and India Royale Reportedly Fired Shots at Gunmen During Home Invasion
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation are reportedly investigating a home invasion that went down in Lil Durk’s home.
According to TMZ, the home invasion occurred around 5 a.m., Sunday, July 10 at Durk’s home, located in Braselton, Georgia, an hour outside of Atlanta. It was reported that the “Should’ve Duck” rapper and his girlfriend, India Royale were inside the home during the invasion and exchanged gunfire with several unidentified suspects. GBI reports that the suspects fled the scene and are still at large. No injuries were reported.
The story is still developing.
H.E.R. Announces Forthcoming Reggae Album
During her interview with Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1, H.E.R. stated that she loves the Caribbean culture and wants to go all-in in celebrating it.
“Honestly I love Caribbean music,” H.E.R. tells Ebro. “I didn’t really have a full appreciation of it until I moved to New York, until I went to the East Coast, and I got into dancehall and I got into some of the more uptempo club records. I literally have been a huge fan of reggae since I was a young kid.”
News of a new reggae album serves as a follows behind H.E.R.’s June release Back Of My Mind which featured contributions from Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby, and Yung Bleu. The songstress also announced the return of her now sold-out Lights On Festival in Concord, Calif. The two-day event will feature performances by Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, and Keyshia Cole.
Lil Baby Reportedly Arrested In Paris After Transporting Narcotics
Lil Baby was reportedly arrested in Paris on Thursday, July 8, for transporting narcotics.
According to reports, the vehicle that the “Drip Too Hard’ rapper was riding reeked of cannabis. At 4:50 pm on 33 avenue Montaigne, The Parisian police investigated the vehicle and recovered 20 grams of weed, found in the vehicle’s glove compartment.
James Harden, who was riding with Lil Baby, was detained but released soon after. Lil Baby, however, remains in custody.
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The Parisian police arrested three individuals, including Lil Baby, and charged them with transporting narcotics. It is still an active investigation.
Lil Baby and James Harden were in Paris for Paris Fashion Week.
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