Which basketball player died on Jan 26, 2020, in California in a helicopter crash?
Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a shooting guard, he entered the league directly from high school and played his entire 20-season professional career with the Lakers. Bryant won many accolades: five NBA championships, 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), two-time NBA Finals MVP winner. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular-season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, around 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, while en route from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport. Nine people were on board, including retired professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five other passengers, and the pilot. Everyone on the helicopter was killed on impact.