Jan 27, 2020

In photos: The life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant after his final game as a Laker, Los Angeles, April 13, 2016. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Kobe Bryant, the NBA legend who died Saturday at age 41 in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, is being remembered as one of the greatest ever basketball players.

The big picture: Bryant won five NBA championships and made 18 All-Star teams before retiring after the 2015–16 season. He ran Granity Studios, a multimedia sports content firm, and a venture capital firm called Bryant Stibel. He even won an Oscar in 2018. Here are some highlights from his remarkable life, in photos.

Bryant holds an Oscar beside his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, after his film, "Dear Basketball,” won best animated short in March 2018. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
The star with his family at halftime after his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Dec. 18, 2017. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Bryant with teammates after his final game as a Laker. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
The two-time Olympic gold medalist slam dunks for the U.S. against Nigeria at the London 2012 Games. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Bryant presents a jersey to President Obama during a January 2010 event with the 2009 NBA champions at the White House. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien trophy as Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal holds the MVP trophy after winning the NBA Championship against the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles in June 2000. Photo: AFP/AFP via Getty Images
Bryant, then 19 years old, talks with Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan at the United Center in Chicago. Photo: Vincent Laforet/AFP via Getty Images

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