Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar and one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, NBA officials confirmed to league employees.

Mr. Bryant, who famously commuted to Lakers games from his Orange County home by chopper, was one of five people aboard a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that caught fire after crashing into the hills of Calabasas, Calif.

He…

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