Kobe Bryant, a universally-loved NBA star who played for the Los Angeles Lakers (LA Lakers), has been killed in a private helicopter crash in California. Police say nine people died, in an accident that has sent shockwaves across the US. Kobe Bryant was 41-year-old and his daughter Gianna was 13-year-old.
Travelling in his private helicopter, Kobe Bryant and eight others crashed over Calabasas on Sunday morning. Emergency personnel responded, but there were no survivors. Bryant’s 13-year-old Gianna daughter has also been reported as one of the victims of the crash.
The video captured by some locals on the scene of the crash shows that NBA legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant’s helicopter caught into flames while flying above the hills and gone down. Watch Kobe Bryant crash footage in the video, below.
Some Twitter users shared a video of helicopter crash as givem in the Tweet below and claimed “this is the the helicopter in which Kobe Bryant and 8 others were travelling, going down.” But the shared video is of an helicopter which crashed in UAE on December 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump also expressed grief over the death of Kobe Bryant. In a tweet, Donald Trump said: tweet reads below.
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….
A fire has broken out in the helicopter and the helicopter spiralled until it crashes landed over Calabasas, killing everyone on board. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office has confirmed nine people died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas.
Sources close to the Bryant family have told multiple outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, that Kobe Bryant’s daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, was among those who died in the crash.
The other passengers were identified. According to CBS News Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter is among the nine killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash. Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, along with his wife and daughter, were also killed.
Kobe Bryant has three other daughters with his wife Vanessa, including Capri who was born in June of 2019, but none of them has been reported to be among the crash’s victims.
Though retired from basketball since 2016, Bryant was still a regular at NBA games and he even began dabbling into filmmaking. He won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2018 for the movie ‘Dear Basketball.’
Kobe Bryant was universally beloved by Los Angeles basketball fans as he played his entire 20 year career with the Lakers. During his time there, he won five championships and made 18 All-Star Games.
He also won gold medals as part of the US national team at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.
Everyone from filmmaking professionals to athletes in football and soccer have been taking to social media to mourn the loss of the legendary athlete.
His fans are grieved on his death and sharing his old memories. One of his fans, Yashar Ali shared a video of Bryant along his daughter and wrote “Some Kobe Bryant elephant content with his daughter Bianka.”
Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Dead in Helicopter Crash: Live Updates
The retired N.B.A. star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, Calif.
According to New York Times, A college baseball coach, John Altobelli, was also killed in the helicopter crash that killed the Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.
The retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday.
Bryant was among the passengers traveling onboard the helicopter. Nine people died in the crash, including the pilot, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, during a news conference.
The authorities declined to identify the victims pending identification by the coroner and notification of their family members.
“It would be extremely disrespectful to understand your loved one has perished and you learn about it from TMZ,” Villanueva said. “That is just wholly inappropriate so we are not going to be going there. We are going to wait until the coroner does their job.”
The National Transportation Safety Board said it sent a team to California on Sunday evening.
Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County fire chief, said the crash site was difficult to access and that firefighters had to hike to the area.
It was not immediately clear how many passengers the helicopter was approved to transport, and fire officials said it was not immediately clear whether the helicopter was overloaded. They declined to specify the helicopter’s destination.
The N.B.A. sent a confirmation of Bryant’s and Gianna’s deaths to all teams and league employees Sunday afternoon, according to two people familiar with the document.
Bryant was considered one of the best players in N.B.A. history.
Kobe Bryant won the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2007-8 season, and was the M.V.P. of the N.B.A. finals in 2009 and 2010.
Drafted to the N.B.A. directly out of high school in 1996, Bryant was named an All-Star in 18 of his 20 seasons for the Lakers and helped lead the team to five championships. His hypercompetitive nature led to occasional public disagreements with coaches and other players, but his commitment to winning was never questioned.
The winner of the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2007-8 season, and the N.B.A. finals M.V.P. in both 2009 and 2010, Bryant showed a rare commitment to success on both ends of the court, with a résumé that included two scoring titles and an 81-point game in 2006 that is the second-highest single-game total in N.B.A. history along with 12 appearances on the league’s All-Defense team.
He also thrived on the international stage, where he won gold medals for U.S.A. Basketball in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
In 2016, after various injuries had taken their toll on the longtime superstar, he proved to have one more highlight in him, scoring 60 points in his final game while leading the last-place Lakers to a surprising win over the Utah Jazz.