The internet is literally blowing up with the news of the death of legendary basketball star Kobe Bryant.
Just moments ago, word broke that Bryant was among at least four individuals aboard a helicopter that crashed over Calabasas.
Bryant, 41, was reportedly traveling in his private helicopter with at least four other people (some reports say five) at the time of the accident.
A fire reportedly broke out, sending the chopper into an unrecoverable spin.
His wife, Vanessa, was reportedly not on the helicopter and while I doubt it is the first thing on her mind right now, she will inherit a massive fortune Bryant accumulated during his NBA career and business ventures afterward.
There is little doubt that Kobe will have a place in history for his accomplishments on the hardwood.
As the star player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant has a laundry list of accomplishments:
- 18-time All-Star
- 15-time member of the All-NBA Team
- 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team
- 2-time NBA scoring leader
- 3rd best all-time regular-season scoring list
- 4th on the all-time post-season scoring list
- Record for most seasons played with one team
- 5-time NBA champion
- NBA All-Rookie Team (1997)
- NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
- ESPY Icon Award (2016)
There were, of course, a few scandals along the way, but Kobe never shied away from them and always come out stronger.
He turned into a brilliant businessman, amassing a fortune of more than $500 million.
Along with his business ventures, the bulk of Bryant’s money came from endorsement deals with Nintendo, Turkish Airlines, Sprite, and, of course, Nike.
His death is truly shocking and he was a man that was taken from this earth far too soon.
Rest in Peace, Kobe, you were one-of-a-kind and you will truly be missed.