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Racism is everywhere, but British-born actress Jodie Turner-Smith and her husband, Joshua Jackson, are contemplating raising their child outside of the U.S. because of white supremacy.

"The racial dynamics over here are fraught," Turner-Smith told People.com. "White supremacy is overt. It's the reason I don't want to raise my kids here. I don't want my kids to grow up doing active shooter drills at school."

The 'Queen & Slim' star, 33, is expecting her first child with Jackson, 41. She said she has felt hostile reactions from the Black community over being an interracial couple.

"There was this wave of people who were upset that I was possibly married to a white man," she said. "In America interracial dating or marriage is not something that is as accepted. Certain people feel strongly against it, in both communities. I felt it from the Black community. It is so complicated. I don't want to give it too much energy."

She said she was initially excited to move to America and meet other Black people, but it felt like a "huge culture shock" because she claims she was "rejected by the Black community."

Turner-Smith and other British actors were criticized by the Black community for taking acting roles away from American-born Black actors.

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An eyewitness says Kobe Bryant's pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, was flying in a circle "aggressively," about 30 minutes before the helicopter crashed into a mountain above Calabasas, California.

The helicopter went down about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles at 9:47 a.m. Sunday, killing the 41-year-old NBA legend, his daughter Gianna, 13, and six other passengers.

An eyewitness captured the moment Bryant's helicopter was circling over Glendale, California for 15 minutes in foggy weather.

"I try and video/photograph all the weird stuff happening above my house in Glendale, CA," a Twitter user wrote under the handle @theironlydreams.

"Unfortunately this morning I didn't realize I was filming the helicopter Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others were in 31 minutes before they crashed."

According to a tweet from the same user, the pilot was performing a very aggressive circling maneuver, that's why I went outside to Film because it was so loud."

The user said the Sikorsky S-76B chopper was flying lower and lower over his house, "engine maxed."

Robert Ditchey, a veteran pilot, aeronautical engineer and former airline executive, told USA Today that the crash was "totally avoidable".

"And on the part of some people I can go as far as to say irresponsible," Ditchey said.

Aviation experts who studied the helicopter's bizarre flight path and weather maps observed that the pilot flew away from the airport and he had enough visibility to see the hills before he flew into them.

Aviation officials and law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating whether Zobayan was suicidal at the time of the crash.

Federal aviation officials are looking into Zobayan's background and interviewing his friends and family to determine whether he had financial or personal problems.

"All signs point to a CFIT [controlled flight into terrain]," an aviation source told The Washington Examiner.

A controlled flight into terrain is an accident in which a pilot intentionally or inadvertently flies an aircraft into the ground, a mountain, a body of water, or an obstacle such as a building.

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An air traffic controller warned Zobayan at least twice that he was flying too low to be tracked by radar.

Audio captured by LiveATC.net revealed that the pilot said he was climbing to avoid clouds when he suddenly veered off path above U.S. Route 101. Seconds later, he crashed into the hillside.

The transmissions between the pilot and the tower reveals the air traffic controllers didn't know what Zobayan was doing.

Minutes before the crash, a controller told Zobayan "you're still too low level" to be tracked by radar.

About four minutes later, "the pilot advised they were climbing to avoid a cloud layer," Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Monday.

It was the pilot's last contact with the tower.

"When ATC asked what the pilot planned to do, there was no reply," Homendy said. Radar indicates the helicopter climbed to 2,300 feet and then began a left descending turn."

Two minutes later, someone called 911 to report the crash.

Zobayan was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his eyesight to see the ground below him rather than using the helicopter's more accurate instrument panel to determine his elevation.

Aviation experts say a pilot with Zobayan's experience should have avoided the hills in dense fog, not flown toward them.

Flight tracking data shows the pilot flying erratically up, down, sideways, up then rapidly descending 1,700 feet.

The helicopter was flying at 184mph and descending at a rate of 4,000 feet per minute when it struck the hillside, according to Flightradar24.

The rapid ascents and descents would have sparked terror among the passengers.

At the time of the crash, the fog ceiling was about 1,300 feet above ground with a visibility of 5 miles. The pilots believe Zobayan would have seen the mountain before he flew into it.

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Usher Raymond, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg are among the stars calling for the NBA to change its logo in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna, 13, their pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, and six other passengers in California on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Following the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for Bryant, and fans are petitioning the NBA to change its logo to recognize the star.

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Naomi Campbell (pictured) and Vanessa Hudgens were also among the famous faces backing fan Nick M's campaign on website change.org, which features a logo mockup by graphic artist Tyson Beck.

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The petition aims to replace the current image, which features former basketball player and executive Jerry West in a silhouette (far right). The current NBA logo was designed by Alan Siegel in 1969.

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Lakers legends Jerry West (left) and Bryant posed together after the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"Couldn't be a better time or all around athlete and person for it," Usher wrote on Instagram, adding, "#changethelogo."

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But many NBA fans disagree. They want the NBA to leave the logo the way it is. Fans say social media has a tendency to make martyrs out of celebrities such as mixtape rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down in Los Angeles in March 2019.

When WENN.com went to press, the petition had amassed over 1.5 million signatures.

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Aviation officials and law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating whether Kobe Bryant's helicopter pilot was suicidal at the time of the crash that killed the NBA legend and 7 other passengers.

Aviation experts who studied the helicopter's bizarre flight path and weather maps observed that the pilot flew away from the airport and he had enough visibility to see the hills before he flew into them.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), alongside the FBI are investigating whether pilot Ara Zobayan flew a controlled flight into terrain or CFIT.

A controlled flight into terrain is an accident in which a pilot intentionally or inadvertently flies an aircraft into the ground, a mountain, a body of water, or an obstacle such as a building.

"All signs point to a [controlled flight into terrain]," an aviation source told The Washington Examiner.

An air traffic controller warned Zobayan at least twice that he was flying too low to be tracked by radar.

Federal aviation officials are looking into Zobayan's background and interviewing his friends and family to determine whether he had financial or personal problems.

Suicide by pilot is an event in which a pilot intentionally crashes an aircraft in an attempt to kill himself and sometimes passengers.

The suicide by pilot theory was considered after flight data shows Zobayan flew too low and turned away from the airport toward the hilly terrain in the final seconds before the crash that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 6 other passengers.

The crash also killed college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, who played on the same basketball team with Gianna. Another young basketball player, Payton Chester, was also killed along with her mother, Sarah Chester; and Christina Maurer, a girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School, a private elementary school.

Zobayan, 50, was an experienced licensed commercial pilot of 12 years, a certified flight instructor of 2 years and a ground instructor of 11 years, according to federal aviation records.

Audio captured by LiveATC.net revealed that the pilot said he was climbing to avoid clouds when he suddenly veered off path above U.S. Route 101. Seconds later, he crashed into the hillside.

Zobayan was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his eyesight to see the ground below him rather than using the helicopter's more accurate instrument panel to determine his elevation.

Disoriented pilots often follow Route 101 when flying by sight only.

Aviation expert Philip Greenspun told The Weather Channel: "You have to really follow [Route] 101 carefully if you want to avoid the hills. Once you mistakenly point the helicopter toward the hills due to, perhaps, being in a cloud or the visibility being really low, the only way to get away from the hills is by turning. Not by climbing into them."

Aviation experts say a pilot with Zobayan's experience should have flown away from the hills in dense fog, not toward them.

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Bryant's former pilot, Kurt Deetz, has claimed that the Sikorski S-76B was "almost bulletproof" and would not have dropped out of the sky and crashed into a hillside.

Deetz said the helicopter was like a "limousine" that was in "fantastic" condition and it was "so reliable" that it wouldn't just "fall out of the sky."

"There aren't a lot of people readily qualified to fly it," Deetz told CNN on Monday. "They don't just fall out of the sky."

Deetz told the L.A. Times that the crash likely occurred due to dense fog rather than engine or mechanical problems. The weather was so bad that local police departments grounded their choppers.

"The likelihood of a twin engine failure on that aircraft - it just doesn't happen," he said.

The $13 million helicopter was 29 years old and logged "more than 7.4 million hours of safe flight.

In his final transmission to the tower Zobayan told an air traffic controller he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer.

Pilots who spoke with TMZ said they believe Zobayan panicked and ascended 2,000 feet in order to clear a mountain.

Flight tracking data shows he then rapidly descended 1,700 feet in what may have been an attempt to fly under the fog.

At the time of the crash, the fog ceiling was about 1,300 feet above ground with a visibility of 5 miles. The pilots believe Zobayan would have seen the mountain before he flew into it.

Several of the pilots agree that Zobayan should have switched to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and climbed above the fog rather than descend.

An air traffic controller warned Zobayan that he was flying too low to be seen on radar. "Two Echo X-ray, you are still too low for flight following at this time."

The tail number of Bryant's helicopter was N72EX.

Seconds later, the helicopter reportedly plunged nearly 500 feet in 15 seconds before it crashed into the hillside above Calabasas.

The crash site is only 17 miles from the Mamba Sports Academy, where the group was heading to attend a girls basketball tournament.

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When it struck the hillside, the helicopter was flying at about 184mph and descending at a rate of 4,000 feet per minute, according to Flightradar24. The wreckage was scattered over the length of a football field.

The rugged terrain complicated efforts to recover the remains. Only three bodies were recovered by Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office.

Medical examiner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, estimated it would take a couple more days to recover the rest of the bodies.

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Philadelphia police are searching for a man who stole $500,000 worth of jewelry from Allen Iverson's backpack at a Philadelphia hotel.

The incident happened on Monday around 10:30 a.m. at the Sofitel Hotel located on S. 17th Street, WPVI reported.

Sources confirmed the suspect stole the jewelry from Iverson's backpack. Iverson was not present at the time the jewelry was stolen.

Surveillance video shows the suspect exiting the hotel after the theft.

The man is described as a 20-year-old Black male. He was last seen wearing a dark jacket, red shirt, dark pants and black and white sneakers.

Iverson, 44, an 11-time NBA All-Star, was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 1996. He played 10 seasons for the 76ers before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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The NBA postponed Tuesday night's game between the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers out of respect for the Lakers organization.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others on Sunday.

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According to TMZ, the Lakers players and coaches are "simply inconsolable" to play on Tuesday.

"The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the league office said in a statement on Monday.

"The game will be rescheduled at a later date.”

A news crew captured footage of Lakers star LeBron James and other players sobbing on the tarmac after the team's plane arrived at LAX airport following Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly.

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Bryant and LeBron James jockeyed for position during a game in this photo dated January 27, 2008.

16 teams played on Sunday following the news of Bryant's death. The Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs took intentional 24-second violations in honor of Bryant, who wore jersey No. 24.

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Tyler, the Creator finally won a Grammy award for Best Rap Album at the Staples Center on Sunday.

Tyler was apparently insulted on Aug. 25, 2011 when a follower told him he would never win a Grammy.

Hours after winning his first-ever Grammy, the petty rapper dug deep into his Twitter favorites for the tweet he saved 9 years ago.

"I FAVORITED THIS 9 YEARS AGO JUST FOR THE MOMENT TO TELL YOU I GOT ONE. YES IM PETTY AS FUCK, GOOD DAY MARK," he tweeted.

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Amongst the well wishers was rapper/actor Jaden Smith, who tweeted: "My Boyfriend Just Won a Grammy."

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Jaden previously tweeted that he and Tyler were involved in a same-sex relationship. But most people took his revelation as a joke, since Jaden is heterosexual.
 

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Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife Shaunie O'Neal posted the last photo she took of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant watching O'Neal's daughter Mearah O'Neil (#17) playing in a basketball tournament on Saturday.

Gianna sat on a bench while her famous father stood nearby in a lounge area overlooking the basketball court.

The photo was taken at Bryant's Mamba Sports facility in Thousand Oaks, California on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Father and daughter were on a helicopter along with seven others when the chopper went down at 9:47 a.m. Sunday. They were heading to the sports facility when the helicopter crashed in the hills above nearby Calabasas.

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Bryant and Gianna shared a special bond. The two were inseparable. Friends say he was thrilled that "Gigi" shared his love for basketball.

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A former coach and family friend said Bryant's family is "struggling" and they will miss him "more than you can begin to imagine."

The chopper went down in extremely foggy conditions minutes after an air traffic controller told the pilot he was flying too low to be tracked.

The pilot, Ara Zoboyan, was flying under special visual flight rules (SVFR), meaning he was given permission to fly in worse weather conditions than visual flight rules (VFR) allow.

SVFR is only issued when the visibility is 1,000 feet above ground level. Flying low to the ground is very risky even under normal conditions.

The helicopter circled over the Burbank airport for about 15 minutes while air traffic control cleared other flights to take off.

Zoboyan's friends say he was qualified to fly in heavy fog and was not one to make mistakes. The pilot had experience flying the military grade helicopter. The Sikorsky S-76B required two pilots, but only one pilot was flying that day.

The Sikorsky S-76B chopper was 29 years old and had twin engines. Another pilot who flew the same helicopter said the crash occurred due to weather conditions.

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Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to 25 years to life for raping a minor child in 2015.

Maraj, 41, will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison following the guilty verdict in his child rape trial, TMZ reported.

Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Maraj in a New York courtroom on Monday, Jan. 27. The Nassau County D.A. told TMZ, "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process."

Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child in 2017. He was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.

"He had sex with that 11-year-old girl sometimes four times a week," Assistant District Attorney Emma Slain told jurors in 2017.

Nicki, 37, never testified during the trial -- despite claims made by her brother's defense team that she would.

Nicki, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was expected to testify that Maraj's ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, tried to extort her for millions in 2015.

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Donald Trump and his legal team worked into the night after a bombshell New York Times article quoted a former White House aid who heard Trump say he would withhold aid to the Ukraine.

At least 2 Republican senators appear to be reconsidering their vote to call witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial.

According to the New York Times article, former National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed there was a quid pro quo by Trump. Bolton said he heard Trump say he would refuse to releases hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Ukraine unless they helped investigate corruption by former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

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But Trump accused Bolton (pictured right) of outright lies. Trump sent out a series of late-night tweets insisting he never had that conversation with Bolton or adviser Rudy Giuliani. The president said Bolton made up the allegations to sell books.

House Democrats declined to call Bolton to testify during the House impeachment hearings in December. But House impeachment managers insist Republican senators should call Bolton to hear his crucial testimony.

According to an unpublished manuscript of Bolton's new book, Trump said he would freeze military aid to Ukraine unless it helped investigate the Bidens.

Democrats need at least 4 senators to vote with them to call new witnesses to testify.

Two GOP senators, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, have indicated they will reconsider their decisions not to call witnesses.

The Senate trial was scheduled to wrap up on Friday, but the shocking new developments may extend the trial for weeks.

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Meghan Markle regrets giving up her professional acting career to work full-time as a member of the Royal Family in London, England.

According to the Queen of England's biographer, Meghan's life of servitude in London didn't compare to her life as a TV star in Toronto, Canada.

Sally Bedell Smith said Meghan, 38, was unhappy "renouncing" her acting role on Suits. Smith claims Meghan thought her new life didn't compare to being a celebrity.

Last week, the Queen announced Prince Harry and Meghan gave up their coveted His and Her Royal Highness styles and withdraw from royal duties.

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Harry, 35, and Meghan live with their infant son Archie Harrison in a $14 million waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

They met in 2016 when a friend arranged a "blind date" for the couple in London. Meghan claimed she had no idea who Harry was when she met him. But her own family members said she lied. They say she never intended to remain in England after marrying Harry.

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Sources say Meghan kept her high-powered Hollywood team after she married Harry in May 2018. Her publicist and agent are busy securing future film and TV projects for Meghan.

Rumor has it that Oprah Winfrey declined to help open doors for Meghan in Hollywood out of respect for the Queen.

As a result, Meghan offered her first exclusive interview to TV host Ellen Degeneres as a snub to Oprah's OWN Network.

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Kim Kardashian skipped the Grammy Awards to attend a midnight Sunday Service in honor of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others who perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.

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Bryant, 41, Gianna and seven others were killed when a helicopter went down in the hills above Calabasas, California in extremely foggy conditions. The crash site is located behind Kourtney Kardashian's Calabasas home.

Bryant and Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and their daughters Natalia, Bianca and infant Capri, who was born last summer.

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Kardashian, 39, was seen leaving the memorial service which took place on Sunday night, hours after the NBA legend died.

The mother of four dressed conservatively in a grey satin wrap skirt and top for the service. She shared videos of the service on her Instagram page, with gospel singer Kirk Franklin telling the crowd: "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

She captioned the video: "I needed to hear this."

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Kardashian and her husband Kanye West knew Bryant and his wife Vanessa Lane Bryant personally.

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Hours before the Sunday Service began, Kardashian posted a photo of Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Instagram along with the caption:

"My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience was Vanessa is going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and baby girl."

Kardashian's younger sister Khloe Kardashian, 35, tweeted: "This can't be real, there's no way!!! My heart hurts." In another tweet, she wrote: "Please don't let this be True. I'm shaking."

Chance the Rapper performed alongside the Sunday Service Choir.

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A news anchor for MSNBC apologized after she mispronounced the L.A. Lakers team as "Los Angeles ni**ers" while covering the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others.

The helicopter went down in extreme fog conditions near Thousand Oaks, California on Sunday morning. A flight scan shows the Sikorsky S-76b chopper dropped 4,000 feet per minute before hitting the ground in the hills above Calabasas.

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Allison Morris, who anchored MSNBC's coverage of the tragedy, apparently suffered a slip of the tongue while pronouncing Bryant's former team.

Morris said Bryant was "perfectly cast on the Los Angeles ni**ers, er Lakers."

Social media erupted with allegations that Morris is a covert racist who is comfortable using the racial slur - and that she accidentally uttered it during a Freudian moment.

A Freudian slip is a verbal mistake that is linked to an unconscious thought. A Freudian slip usually occurs when the speaker is thinking what she said.

As the furor raged on Twitter.com, Morris tweeted an apology, denying she uttered the N-word.

"Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant's passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say 'Nakers'. Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused."

But Black Twitter was not convinced that Morris has never uttered the racial slur behind closed doors.

A petition calling for Morris to be fired from MSNBC garnered more than 700 signatures.

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A Washington Post journalist was suspended after she tweeted about Kobe Bryant's rape case hours after the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died along with seven others in a fiery helicopter crash in extremely foggy conditions on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Felicia Sonmez, a political reporter for the Post, linked to a 2016 newspaper story about Bryant's alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman. The sexual assault charge against Bryant was later dropped.

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Sonmez complained that she received "abuse and death threats" from thousands of Bryant fans after she tweeted the link to a Daily Beast story.

She commented:

"Well, THAT was eye-opening. To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story - which was written 3+ years ago and not by me."

She continued:

"Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality, even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling. That folks are responding with rage and threats toward me (someone who didn't even write the piece but found it well-reported) speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases."

The reaction was swift, as many Bryant fans labeled Sonmez a "terrible person" and generated the hashtag #firefeliciasonmez.

One Twitter user wrote: @washingtonpost @JeffBezos you can't possibly continue to employ this classless, unsympathetic, and unremorseful a person as @feliciasonmez. I don't agree with cancel culture but this is an exception."

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Another reporter for MSNBC also came under fire when she made a Freudian slip and said "ni**er" while covering the tragic crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, 13, died with him and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA on Sunday morning.

The chopper went down at 9:45 a.m. local time. There were no survivors.

Bryant was heading to his Mamba Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks, CA to coach his daughter Gianna's 8th grade basketball team in a tournament. One or more of Gianna's teammates was among the 9 killed in the crash.

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In addition to Gianna, Bryant, 41, and his wife Vanessa share three other daughters - Natalia, Bianca and toddler Capri.

Bryant's private twin engine Sikorsky S-76 helicopter had taken off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. The conditions were "extremely foggy" at the time.

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ the helicopter's engine sputtered before it spiraled to the ground. The crash occurred on a hillside behind the home of reality TV personality Kourtney Kardashian.

Among the dead was John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College.

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Bryant is pictured in 2018 with wife Vanessa and their daughters Natalia, 2nd from right, and Gianna, right.

Vanessa was not on board. Ex-Laker Rick Fox confirmed he was not among those killed in the crash, as rumors suggested.

A memorial to the Lakers legend is forming outside the Staples Center where he spent his entire 20-year career playing for the Lakers.

Bryant's death came one day after his NBA all-time scoring record was passed by Lakers forward LeBron James (left). Bryant is now #4 on the all-time scoring list behind James.

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NBA legend Michael Jordan, 56, paid tribute to Bryant in a statement:

"I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe and Gianna's passing. Words cannot describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe. He was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply and took great pride in his daughter's love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball around the world."