Kobe Bryant was killed on Sunday morning when his private helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, E! News has confirmed. He was 41.
The retired Los Angeles Lakers star, one of the best NBA players of all time, was accompanied by his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, who also died in the accident, E! News has confirmed. Police said in a press conference that according to the flight manifest, nine people were on board the aircraft. They said there were no survivors. As of Sunday afternoon, authorities have only named Kobe as one of the victims. The crash remains under investigation.
CNN reported that Kobe and Gianna, aka Gigi, were expected at his Mamba Sports Academy in nearby Newbury Park, where the teen was set to play in a basketball game and where he serves as coach. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa, one of Gianna’s basketball teammates, were also killed in the crash, E! News confirmed.
Kobe was married to Vanessa Bryant and in addition to Gianna, they had three other daughters—Natalia, 17; Bianka, 3; and 7-month-old baby Capri.