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Tennis world mourns the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant
The 41-year-old was among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday.
Published Jan 26, 2020
On Sunday morning, NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., per reports. All nine passengers on board died, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Bryant had four daughters with his wife Vanessa. They welcomed their youngest daughter in June of 2019.
Since retiring in 2016, Bryant turned his attention to the writing and film world, winning an Oscar for best short animated film with Dear Basketball. An avid tennis fan, Bryant attended the 2019 US Open, where he watched the likes of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, as well as promoted his latest book, a tennis fantasy called Legacy and the Queen.
Bryant spoke with Tennis Channel's Jon Wertheim about the book, and his love of the sport, last August:
Bryant spent 20 years in the NBA playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. The tennis community is mourning the loss of one of the world's greatest athletes.