By CBS3 Staff


PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–  The news of Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant’s death spread quickly on Sunday. According to CBS Los Angeles, Bryant was on board a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, California.

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Bryant was among nine people killed in the crash.

The Sixers said in a statement:

“The Philadelphia 76ers organization mourns the losses of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and all of who passed away tragically today in an accident in California.

Bryant, one of the most decorated players in NBA history and a global ambassador for the game, made an everlasting mark on our league. His determination, passion to win and fierce competitiveness fueled the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships and inspired millions of people around the world.

Bryant’s journey to icon status in the world of basketball included deep ties to the Philadelphia region, where he starred at Lower Merion High School from 1992-96. As he honed his craft in Philadelphia, Bryant established a reputation as a player with once-in-a-lifetime poise, grit, heart and an unwavering love of the game.

While his imprint on the game of basketball will be etched in the history books forever, Bryant will also be remembered for his love of his family, commitment to community through his philanthropic work, and for being an innovative leader in business.

The 76ers organization sends its sincerest condolences to Vanessa Bryant and the Bryant family during this incredibly difficult time. We also send our condolences to Jeanie Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers organization and Kobe Bryant fans everywhere.”

The news of the basketball legend’s death left many athletes and figures from our area heartbroken. They took to social media after hearing about the crash.

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