Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant 41,and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calabassas, on Sunday morning.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a hillside in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles.
TMZ reported that Bryant was traveling with four other people – including daughter ‘Gi-Gi’ – in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down.
Kobe and Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and their three other daughters – Natalia, Bianca and Capri, who was born last summer.
News of the NBA legend’s death sent shockwaves in the sports world and beyond.
Bryant was widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. having won five NBA championships with LA Lakers, appeared in 18 All-Star games and scoring 33,643 points before retiring in 2016.
Tributes from industry pals and others have continued to pour in following his shocking demise.
May his soul rest in peace.