Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Killed in Helicopter Crash

Bryant died in a crash that left nine people dead in California

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant (Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / January 26, 2020 3:04 pm

TMZ has reported that basketball legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday (Jan. 26). Bryant was 41.

According to the report, the former Laker was traveling in his private helicopter in foggy flying conditions when a fire broke out and it went down in Calabasas. There are no survivors, and nine people are confirmed dead.

TMZ confirmed that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna (also known as Gigi) also died in the crash. They were reportedly on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice in Thousand Oaks. ESPN reports that the other two passengers onboard were another parent and player.

Bryant’s wife Vanessa was reportedly not among those onboard the aircraft. The couple’s youngest daughter, Capri, was just born in June of last year. The crash comes just one day after Bryant was passed by LeBron James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, and Bryant tweeted his congratulations to James on Saturday night.

The five-time NBA champion joined the league straight out of high school, spending the entirety of his 20-year career with the Lakers from 1996 to 2016. He was an 18-time All-Star and the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. In addition to ranking fourth on the all-time scoring list, he ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.

Tributes to Bryant have begun to pour in on social media from athletes and celebrities.

This is a developing story; stay tuned for more information as we get it.

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