Unfortunately, TMZ has just reported that his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was aboard and was also killed, along with three others. He said he thought it was a sheriff's helicopter on a training mission. James passed Bryant's career total of 33,643 points during the game, making him third all-time in scoring, only behind Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
Here are other reactions from South Carolina Gamecocks from around Twitter about Bryant's death.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said the crashed helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76.
"Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames".
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne tweeted that those who heard the crash described it as "a falling noise" and it was apparent that "something was wrong". "Much respect my brother".
He was a five-time National Basketball Association champion, 18-time All-Star and led the league in scoring twice.
Bryant retired in 2016 from the National Basketball Association after 20 seasons with the Lakers.
Bryant retired in April 2016.
For the last two years, Bryant had coached Gianna's Amateur Athletic Union basketball team at the facility, according to a USA Today article on the academy published last week.
Trump called the crash "terrible news".
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