From the Los Angeles Times, about basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died yesterday in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others:
"By the end of his 20-year career - all of it spent with the Lakers - Bryant was a five-time world champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. team and 18-time All-Star. He ranks fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list; he was surpassed just this weekend by Laker star LeBron James.
"In a manner befitting both his sophisticated background and the city where he spent his adult life, the 41-year-old had transitioned from athletic stardom to a post-basketball career that included an Oscar for the animated short <i>Dear Basketball</i>, a series of children’s books that became New York Times bestsellers and a growing business empire."
Magic Johnson called Bryant "the greatest Laker of all time."