Kobe Bryant The NBA Los Angeles Lakers Basketball icon and his 13-year-old daughter were killed aboard his private helicopter when it crashed while flying over Calabasas
Kobe Bryant, who starred for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships, died Sunday in a helicopter crash, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 41.
The sports icon and Oscar winner died aboard his private helicopter while it was flying over Calabasas and crashed, starting a fire, according to TMZ Sports. Nine people died in the crash, which is under investigation.
Deputies responded to the scene near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street at around 10 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lost Hills station told KTLA.
Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter was aboard the helicopter that crashed in the hills of Southern California on Sunday, killing the pair and seven other people, according to multiple reports.
Gianna Maria Bryant and her iconic Los Angeles Laker dad, 41, were aboard the chopper when it plummeted from the skies above Calabasas around 10 a.m. local time, a rep for the Bryant family told TMZ.
They were bound for a basketball practice at Bryant’s “Mamba Academy” in nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif. when tragedy struck, the report said.
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