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PICTURES: Bodies Recovered From Site Of Kobe Bryant Helicopt …

The bodies of the victims of the helicopter crash that killed basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others have started to be recovered.

Sheriffs and officials investigate the helicopter crash site of NBA star Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California (Picture: Reuters)
Sheriffs and officials investigate the helicopter crash site of NBA star Kobe Bryant in Calabasas, California (Picture: Reuters)

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion who played for the LA Lakers throughout his 20-year career, is widely considered to be among the greatest players in basketball history.

 Investigators work through the wreckage of the downed helicopter (Picture: Reuters)
Investigators work through the wreckage of the downed helicopter (Picture: Reuters)

As investigators continue to scour the crash site in Los Angeles, tributes to the 41-year-old have been paid on social media and outside the Lakers home court at the Staples Centre.

Kobe Bryan was among the nine people on the helicopter when it came down in thick fog (Picture: Reuters)

Thousands of mourners gathered to pay tribute at a vigil, while fellow Laker LeBron James wrote of being ‘heartbroken and devastated’ at the news.

The pilot of the helicopter told air traffic controllers he was climbing to avoid a layer of cloud shortly before the crash into a hillside in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles, on Sunday, according to the National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB).



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