Shaquille O'Neal Mourns the Death of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant goes in for a dunk against the New Jersey Nets during a game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 1 2001

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The helicopter accident killed five people, reportedly including his 13-year-old daughter Giana Maria Bryant, who recently became a viral sensation on the internet from a video of her father giving her basketball pointers.

Imbrenda said he didn't know where the helicopter came from or where it was headed.

"Like everyone, I'm stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant".

Bryant points during the second quarter of Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at the Staples Center
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Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the downed chopper was a Sikorsky S-76.

Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant earned more than $680 million during 20 years in the National Basketball Association before launching a successful business career after retirement.

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The NBA lost one of the greatest to ever play the game today.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles shared an image of herself with Bryant.

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Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen tweeted: "I'm stunned. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day".

People from across the scene have already taken to Twitter to express their sadness upon hearing the news of Bryant's passing.

President Donald Trump reacted to the reports soon after they began to surface, tweeting: "That is awful news!"

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