(UPDATE 5:50 p.m.)– The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there were nine people on board a helicopter that crashed in California on Sunday, including former Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva says there were no survivors and the department would not identify any of the victims until their next of kin were notified.
(UPDATE 4:45 p.m.)– Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, daughter of former Laker Kobe Bryant, also died in the helicopter crash on Sunday morning.
CNN confirmed that Gianna and her father were two of the five victims on board a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, California. The helicopter was reportedly heading to a travel basketball game, according to ESPN.
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. EST. 6 News will continue to update this story as we learn more information.
LOS ANGELES, California– NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, Sunday morning, according to TMZ.
TMZ Sports reports Kobe was traveling with three other people in his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas.
According to TMZ when the helicopter crashed, emergency personnel responded, but all on board were killed. TMZ said Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, was not among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Kobe and Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa, and their other three daughters — Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.
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