Kobe Bryant and other sports stars who died too young
The NBA legend, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died following a helicopter crash
The life of an athlete can be fast and furious. They typically start young and quickly prove themselves at a national, and even international, level. While sometimes this leads to fame and an impressive career, unfortunately not all athletes make it that far.
Basketball great Kobe Bryant was as big as you can get in the world of sports, but was only a few years into his retirement when his life was cut short at 41, following a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna (a promising basketball player herself), along with seven others.
Unfortunately, many athletes who have shown immense dedication to their sport have had their careers fatefully cut short. Click through this gallery to discover other sports stars who died too young.
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