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Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna also died in the Calabasas helicopter crash that killed their father.

Variety reports that officials have confirmed Bryant was a passenger aboard the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, a Los Angeles County suburb.

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Smith added the famed Lakers player has been "taking a helicopter for decades" to and from the Staples Center. The outlet said that Bryant's wife, Vanessa Bryant - with whom he shares all four children - was not onboard. Pacific near Los Angeles. She was on flight with her dad, representatives for Kobe confirmed to TMZ.

Bryant's death comes a day after LeBron James passed him as No. 3 on the National Basketball Association all-time scoring list when he scored 33,643 points.

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The 41-year-old was widely referred to as one of the greatest basketball players of all time after winning five championships and he made the NBA All-Star team on 18 occasions.

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