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:
ESPN, ABC7 in Los Angeles and TMZ (who first reported) all confirming the deadly helicopter crash involving Kobe Bryant. https://t.co/jQhScsVRYA— JimMacKayOnAir (@JimMacKayOnAir) January 26, 2020
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:
Kobe will obviously be a first ballot Hall of Famer, NBA just announced back in December the list of eligible candidates, which he of course is at the top of the list for the 2020 classhttps://t.co/rBdn4t3IYO— JimMacKayOnAir (@JimMacKayOnAir) January 26, 2020