Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash with Daughter
Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash.
He was 41.
Bryant was traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky. It was later confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter Gianna (“Gigi”) was with him, along with her basketball teammate Alyssa Altobelli.
There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Among the victims were John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa. Altobelli was head coach of Orange Coast College baseball, and his daughter was on Bryant’s Mamba team. The group was on their way to a tourney in Thousand Oaks.
Breaking Update: Christina Mauser, assistant basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Orange County, is also confirmed to have been killed in the crash.
Bryant’s wife Vanessa was not among those aboard the chopper.
Bryant starred for two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before retiring after the 2016 season.
LAX airport’s pylons will be lit in purple and gold in memory of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and all those who were with them in the accident.
News of Kobe’s death was first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski.