Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash at 41

Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash at 41

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

The NBA legend, 41, was reportedly traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down, according to TMZ.

Emergency personnel responded but nobody on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead, TMZ reported.

The outlet says that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not onboard.

Spokespersons for LA county sheriff’s office and LAPD did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their four children together: daughters Natalia, 17, Gianna, 13, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Since the start of his basketball career, Bryant was one of the most accomplished men in the NBA, having played all 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Until yesterday, he was the third-leading scorer in NBA history with 33,643 points but was surpassed LeBron James. James paid tribute to Bryant with special Nike shoes during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next. 💪🏾

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After the game, Bryant congratulated James on his latest milestone.

“On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next,” the retired star shared on Instagram.

“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644,” Bryant tweeted.

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Bindi Irwin Thanks Seth MacFarlane for Donating 1M to Her Familys Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Bindi Irwin Thanks Seth MacFarlane for Donating 1M to Her Familys Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Seth MacFarlane is doing his part to help Australia recover from the devastating bushfires. 

The Family Guy creator donated $1 million to the Irwin family’s Australia Zoo Wildlife hospital to help with the facility’s relief and treatment efforts.

Bindi Irwin thanked MacFarlane for his contribution on Twitter, writing, “On behalf of all the wildlife, thank you so much for your support @SethMacFarlane. You are an extraordinary Wildlife Warrior.”

The actor’s donation will be put towards the zoo’s new Koala Intensive Care Ward.

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On behalf of all the wildlife, thank you so much for your support @SethMacFarlane. You are an extraordinary Wildlife Warrior. https://t.co/ziTvrWg3bE

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“A huge thanks to Seth MacFarlane for donating a million dollars to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to help with the influx of patients affected by drought and bushfire!” the zoo wrote in a statement that was shared on Twitter.

“We’re so pleased to announce that we will be naming our new Koala Intensive Care Ward in recognition of Seth’s generosity,” the statement continued. “Plans for the Perry MacFarlane Intensive Care Ward are well underway and we’ll soon begin construction on this crucial expansion to the hospital. Thank you for being a Wildlife Warrior, Seth!”

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The Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was founded by Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002 “to include and involve other caring people in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife – from the individual animal to an entire species” according to their website.

Since September, around 1.25 billion animals, including mammals, birds, and reptiles, are estimated to have died due to the bushfire crisis in Australia, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Thousands more are believed to be injured and homeless.

On Kangaroo Island alone — a popular tourist attraction with protected nature reserves off the coast of South Australia — tens of thousands of koalas ar

Read more: https://people.com/human-interest/seth-macfarlane-donates-1-million-to-australia-zoo-wildlife-hospital/

Diddy Addresses Grammys Controversy While Accepting Icon Award Artists Need to Take Back Control

Diddy Addresses Grammys Controversy While Accepting Icon Award Artists Need to Take Back Control

Sean “Diddy” Combs is calling out the Grammy Awards for the lack of diversity among their nominations.

While attending the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday night, where he accepted the Clive Davis Icon award, the rapper and mogul, 50, addressed the controversy surrounding the Recording Academy’s ousted CEO and President Deborah Dugan, who has claimed the nomination system for the award show is rigged.

“There’s something I need to say to the Grammys,” he said towards the end of his nearly hour-long speech. “You really need to know this. Every year, y’all be killing us man.”

“I’m talking about the pain. I’m speaking for all the artists here. The amount of time it takes to make these records. To pour your heart out into it. Like Erykah Badu said, we are artists and we are sensitive about our s—. For most of us this is all we got, this is all,” he continued. “Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be. So right now, this current situation, it’s not a revelation. This thing been going on.”

RELATED: Recording Academy Says Deborah Dugan’s Claim That the Grammys Are Rigged Is ‘Categorically False’

As his speech continued, Combs encouraged artists to “take back control,” instead of letting an award show dictate what success in the industry looks like.

“For years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interest to judge us and that stops right now. I’m officially starting a clock. Y’all got 365 days to get this s— together. We need the artists to take back control. We need diversity,” he said. “They’re a nonprofit organization that is supposed to protect the welfare of the music industry. That’s what it says on the mission statement. That’s the truth. They work for us. If we don’t go, nobody goes.”

“We control what’s cool. We control what’s hot. We control what your kids dance to. We control everything. Now we’re not gonna solve this tonight but it’s gonna take all of us to get this done. It’s gonna take the artists and the executives to recognize their power,” he added. “I’m not here to bash y’all. I’m here for the artists, so sign me up. I’m here to help make a difference and help make a positive o

Read more: https://people.com/music/grammys-2020-diddy-icon-award-artists-need-to-take-back-control/

Olivia Newton-John Shares Health Update on Breast Cancer Diagnosis Im Winning Over It Well

Olivia Newton-John Shares Health Update on Breast Cancer Diagnosis Im Winning Over It Well

Olivia Newton-John isn’t letting cancer slow her down.

On Saturday, the Grease actress, 71, told reporters at G’Day USA in Beverly Hills, California — where money was raised for the wildfire relief in Australia —  that she wants to help people that are diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Life is a gift and I’ve had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer of course,” she said. “I have my wellness center in Melbourne and I want to see it in my lifetime so other people don’t have to suffer.”

Newton-John was first diagnosed in 1992 and overcame cancer again in 2013. But in May 2017, she was told cancer had metastasized and spread to her bones.

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However, the actress said that she doesn’t see it “as a battle.”

“I’m winning over it well and that’s how I see it,” she said. “I don’t think about it a lot, to be honest. Denial is a really good thing and I’m getting stronger and better all the time! I’m doing well!”

Newton-John’s Grease costar, John Travolta, was also in attendance at the event and spoke to reporters about his longtime friend’s positive outlook on life amid her health struggles.

“Olivia is a survivor and she’s smart and she’s got a lot of life in her and I think she looks at it from the glass half full always and that’s her beautiful, natural approach towards life and I think we all need to do that,” Travolta, 65, said.

In an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning in September 2019, the “Physical” singer said she doesn’t like to dwell on the statistics of the disease.

“In my opinion, if they give you a percentage, or you know, ‘This many women get this and they live this long,’ you can create that and make it happen,” she explained.

“It’s almost like — I think I know what the statistics are. And if, and, but I put them away. But I’m gonna live longer than that. I’ve made that decision. And I don’t buy into the statistics ’cause I think they can make you really nervous,” she said.

And she continues to look forward to the little joys of life, allowing herself to live life to the fullest as part of her healing journey.

Read more: https://people.com/health/olivia-newton-john-breast-cancer-update-winning-over-it-well/

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