UPDATE: Kobe Bryant and his daughter die in helicopter crash
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant has died at the age of 41, along with his 13-year-old daughter according to celebrity news website TMZ.
Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department (LASDHQ) reports that the helicopter carrying Bryant crashed in Calabasas, California around 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.
LASDHQ confirmed that a total of nine people died in the crash – the pilot and eight passengers, with no survivors. TMZ Sports, and CNN have confirmed that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, was one of the victims. The Brewster Whitecaps confirmed via Twitter that John Altobelli, who was the head coach from 2012-2014, his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, were also victims of the crash.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the helicopter crashed under foggy conditions and the cause is still under investigation.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
Bryant played with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016 and won multiple accolades during his career including five NBA championships.
Fans, celebrities, athletes and politicians were quick to express their condolences on social media.
I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020