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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning. He was 41.

Bryant and eight others were killed when his private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen St. at around 10 a.m. local time.

The crash occurred behind the home of reality TV personality Kourtney Kardashian.

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Firefighters and police responded to the area where the helicopter went down after a fire broke out.

Aerial images shows the smoldering wreckage on a hillside near a roadway. Nearly a dozen emergency vehicles parked on the road nearby.

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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.

James 35, had written "Mamba 4 Life" and "8/24 KB" on his sneakers in gold ink to show respect for Bryant before the Lakers' 108-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired

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The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 5 NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before retiring in 2016.

Bryant often used his private helicopter to ferry him and his family between Newport Beach to the Staples Center for Lakers games.

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Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and their four daughters - Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and toddler Capri.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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The suspect who pushed a landlord down the stairs to his death told cops the landlord fell down the stairs while moving a mattress. But the fatal push was caught on a Ring doorbell camera.

Police say Edgar Moncayo, 70, and his tenant Alex Garces, 22, began arguing over $200 for rental property Moncayo owned in Queens, NY.

According to the Ring camera footage obtained by the NY Daily News, Moncayo is seen trying to gain access to Garces's Corona apartment on Sunday afternoon. "Call the police!" he yelled to his wife on his cell phone.

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Moncayo then attempted to force his way into the apartment when Garces opened the front door. During the struggle, Garces shoved Moncayo down the stairs. He landed on his back and his head slammed into the sidewalk at the foot of the steps. Moncayo was transported to a hospital where he died from a traumatic brain injury, police said.
 

 

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Moncayo's family said Garces paid $400 to move into a room in the two-story house on 102nd St. and Northern Blvd. about a month ago, according to the News.

"The first month he paid, and then he was trying to disappear," grandson Andy Jativa told the News. Jativa said Moncayo tried to work with Garces by dropping the rent by $200. "My grandfather said, 'I'm even dropping the price for you. I'm not a bad person.'"

Garces agreed to move out, but Moncayo wanted at least $200 of the unpaid rent. "He was trying to get paid. What is $200? You can borrow that money," Jativa said.

On Sunday afternoon, Garces and his brother used a drill to break into the house to retrieve their belongings, Jativa said.

The fatal encounter occurred when Moncayo showed up and asked them to leave.

Garces and his brother remained at the scene. He told cops Moncayo fell accidentally while helping them move a mattress.

But the Ring doorbell camera told the true story.

After downloading the Ring footage, cops arrested Garces on Monday, taking him into custody at a home on 32nd Avenue.

His mother, Delia Velastegui, 50, was inconsolable. "Oh my God! It was an accident!" she wailed. "My son is a good son. He is not a fighter."

Garces was charged with first degree manslaughter. He was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday, according to the News.

His bail was set at $25,000 after Garces' attorney Sanders Denis argued that he should be released without bail.

Denis called Moncayo's death "a sad and unfortunate incident." He avoided calling Moncayo's death an "accident."

"My client is the one who called the ambulance. When police came, he spoke to them," Denis said. "This is not intentional."

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A female skydiver was killed when she drifted onto a busy California highway and collided with a semi-truck. The 28-year-old woman died when her parachute drifted over a busy highway and she was hit by a truck in Lodi, California on Thursday afternoon.

The unidentified woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fresno Bee.

The fatality sparked chain reaction accidents that caused a 4-hour traffic jam on Highway 99 in northern California. The woman was attempting to return to Skydive Lodi Parachute Center in Acampo when she was killed.

Winds were blowing at 17 mph at the time of the incident, according to the NY Daily News. The winds were strong enough to prevent light aircraft from landing at a nearby airport.

"I drove by and saw the truck pulling over. There was a body lying on the (pavement)," Rich Edwards told the Fresno Bee. "I saw a [parachute] on the road and a bunch of people."

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A Louisiana man died while proposing to his girlfriend underwater in Tanzania. Steven Weber tried to hold his breath underwater for 2 minutes while proposing to his girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine.

Antoine reported the tragic news on her Facebook page on Sept. 20. She said the couple took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the East African nation where they stayed at an underwater resort.

The couple booked a submerged room at Manta Resort on Pemba Island, where they watched marine life swim by their hotel window.

Antoine filmed Weber swimming to their hotel room window and presenting a note inside a Ziplock bag.

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The note read, "I can't hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you, but everything I love about you I love more every day."

The other side of the note read: "Will you please be my wife? Marry me???" Weber then swam out of the camera frame.

He passed out and died from elevated carbon dioxide levels in his blood before he could reach the surface. Weber never got the chance to hear Antoine's response.

Antoine wrote a heartbreaking tribute to Weber on Facebook.com.

"You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!"

She continued: "Yes, we were, my perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next… I love you so much, and I always will."

Weber worked at St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also worked part-time as a DJ.

Antoine is a successful attorney in Baton Rouge, according to her official website.

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The girlfriend of Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith was hit by a car on the side of a highway after Smith pulled over to fix a flat tire on his Lamborghini.

Petara Cordero, 26, died on Wednesday - just two weeks after giving birth to the couple's first child, a baby girl.

Smith and Cordero were involved in a minor car crash after a flat tire caused the Lambo to spin out of control early Wednesday morning.

Smith pulled over to fix the flat tire, and Cordero stepped out of the vehicle on the side of the road.

She was struck and killed by another car after she walked into the opposite lane from the median and into oncoming traffic on the I-90 West in Cleveland, according to the Daily Mail UK.

Police say the driver, a 47-year-old woman driving a Mazda in oncoming traffic, admitted she had been drinking before she hit Cordero.

Cordero was taken to Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

She and Smith recently celebrated the birth of their daughter, Haven Harris Smith, just two weeks ago.

Cleveland police said no charges have been filed against the driver and toxicology reports are pending.

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