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“May God bless and comfort their family during this difficult period; The California Black Chamber of Commerce offers its sincere condolences to the family of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.”

Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, Bryant played his entire 20-season career in the National Basketball Association with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships

Kobe Bryant's former pilot Kurt Deetz told CNN the Sikorsky S-76B — the model of helicopter that crashed yesterday — is a "very complex" aircraft that's meant to be flown by experienced pilots.

He called the twin-engine aircraft, known for its luxury, “very reliable” but he did not know its exact safety record.

“They just don’t fall out of the sky,” Deetz said, adding that that model is considered nearly “bulletproof.”

Deetz added that pilots need at least a couple thousand hours flying in a twin engine to be ready to fly the complex helicopter. “There aren’t a lot of people readily qualified to fly it," he said.

Deetz joined Island Express in 2015 specifically to be Bryant’s pilot, he told CNN. He had many memorable flights with the Lakers legend, including flying him out of downtown Los Angeles the night Bryant retired.

"He was a very private person and you have to respect that. He was very cordial – it was always thumbs up and waves," he said.

Credit To: CNN