Kobe Bryant was known to use a helicopter for travel dating to his days as a star player with the LA Lakers [Matt Slocum/AP]

Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 41.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Twitter that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, about 65km (40 miles) northwest of Los Angeles, and there were no survivors. It did not identify the victims.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas,” the city of Calabasas announced on its Twitter feed.

First responders put out the flames of the crash site, the sheriff’s department

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