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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 Dear Basketball, 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."
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