TMZ is reporting that NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning. At least five people are confirmed dead. The former basketball player was 41 years old.
Mountain bikers witnessed the helicopter "in distress" before it crashed into a mountainside in Calabasas on Sunday morning. The Los Angeles Fire Department says the accident occurred around 10 a.m. PST.
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We're told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years -- dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.
KB is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters -- Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.
Kobe Bryant Dead— Breaking News (@NewsAlertUK_) January 26, 2020
• Happened around 10am according to LA County Sheriff
• 41-year-old killed in crash
• Five people onboard are confirmed dead
• Fire broke out and emergency personnel responded
• Crash happened in Calabasas California #KobeBryant #Bryant #Calabasas pic.twitter.com/4jMLT0CsQ3
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