Celebrity deaths

San Francisco 49ers' Dante Pettis wears cleats honoring Kobe Bryant before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
February 02, 2020 - 6:07 pm
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Even at the Super Bowl, they mourned Kobe Bryant. San Francisco’s Richard Sherman showed up for the Super Bowl in a Bryant jersey, the start of numerous honors dedicated to the basketball legend on football’s biggest day. Among them: Players from the Kansas City Chiefs...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, wearing a No. 24 jersey, speaks about Kobe Bryant prior to an NBA game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
February 01, 2020 - 4:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has only been a part of the Los Angeles Lakers for 19 months. The West Coast is a late stop on an NBA odyssey that already yielded rings, trophies and innumerable indelible moments in Cleveland and Miami. Yet when this venerated franchise needed a leader to honor a...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, top, blocks a shot by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
February 01, 2020 - 2:59 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's resonant voice echoed through the darkened Staples Center while images from his life and career flickered on the scoreboard above. LeBron James' heartfelt pregame speech honoring his friend then left Lakers fans and players alike cheering through tears. The Lakers...
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January 31, 2020 - 11:38 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas will be playing for attention in a place it once was banned when tourism officials roll out an ad featuring an updated slogan during the run-up to the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday. A publicity blitz surrounding the new “What happens, only happens here” phrase during the music...
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This Jan. 27, 2020 photo shows Matthew A. Cherry during a portrait session at the 92nd Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Los Angeles. Cherry is nominated for an Oscar for his animated short "Hair Love." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
January 31, 2020 - 10:06 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Matthew A. Cherry became an Oscar nominee, that was initially good enough for him, until he heard about the death of Kobe Bryant, a former professional athlete — just like himself — who was nominated in the same category in 2018. For Cherry, Bryant’s death is fueling his...
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Los Angeles Kings left wing Alex Iafallo wears a sticker on his helmet honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi before an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. All the Kings players wore the stickers on their helmets. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
January 30, 2020 - 1:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and Eric Cernak scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night in the first sporting event at Staples Center since Kobe Bryant's death. The...
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Fans pay respect at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
January 30, 2020 - 12:56 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The crash that killed nine people including Kobe Bryant has led to calls for crash-warning systems to be installed in more helicopters, but regulators and pilots worry that the instrument can trigger too many alarms and prove distracting. "Another warning system screaming at you...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013, file photo, former Minnesota Viking Chris Doleman acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony honoring the All Mall of America Field team during halftime of an NFL football game between the Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Hall of Fame defensive end Doleman, who became one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. He was 58. The Vikings and Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker offered their condolences in separate statements late Tuesday night, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)
January 29, 2020 - 5:33 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Doleman was clinging to his preferred position of outside linebacker, struggling through his second NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings. The team's vision for his 6-foot-5 frame was at defensive end, where he could use his long arms, strong legs and quick feet to become...
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January 29, 2020 - 9:14 am
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The widow of Thurman Munson, the New York Yankees catcher killed in 1979 while flying his plane in Ohio, spoke out about the similar death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Diana Munson was in the Plain Township home she shared with her late husband when she received the news that Los...
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New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
January 28, 2020 - 10:59 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Zion Williamson's NBA road debut didn't have much flash or any fireworks. It wasn't a show, and that was just fine with the hyped rookie. Check off another box. Williamson scored 14 points — all inside — in his first pro game outside New Orleans and Jrue Holiday had 26, leading the...
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