Kobe Bryant, pictured in 2007, spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Kobe Bryant's life in pictures

Updated 11:21 PM ET, Sun January 26, 2020

Kobe Bryant, pictured in 2007, spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday, January 26, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed. He was 41.

Born in Philadelphia, Bryant started playing basketball when he was 3 and went on to become one of the NBA's greatest champions. He was drafted to the NBA straight out of Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia in 1996. He was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships.

He also has two Olympic gold medals for men's basketball.

Bryant retired in April 2016. He said "his body knew it was time to say goodbye."