Report: KOBE BRYANT, 8 others DIE in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant dead at 41. T(Dated photo of the NBA Star courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons/ Keith Allison).
Kobe Bryant dead at 41. (Dated photo of the NBA Star courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons/ Keith Allison)

An early report Sunday morning quotes TMZ that NBA star Kobe Bryant together with his 13-year old daughter Gianna Maria Onore, perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas in California.

Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.

Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.KB is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.

Bryant’s daughter was accompanying his father for a basketball practice when the mishap happened.

UPDATE: The helicopter crash had nine fatalities, instead of five, in contrast to what was first shared earlier.

News of the accident was shared by Los Angeles based ABC Channel 7:

Bryant is seen to be a candidate for balloting in the selection of the upcoming Hall of Fame in Basketball, as suggested on the twit below:

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