UPDATE: 1/26/2020 3:50 PM EST:
TMZ reports Kobe’s daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, aka Mambacita, was also on board the helicopter and has died in the crash.
She was 13 years old.
The pair were reportedly on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.
ESPNreports another player and parent were onboard in addition to Kobe, Gianna and the pilot.
TMZ reports Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning. TMZ has not disclosed their source of confirmation. Kobe was 41 years old.
TMZ reported a fire broke out after his private helicopter went down. They say Kobe was traveling with at least three people with 5 people confirmed dead. Reports say emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. No word if Vanessa Bryant or their children were among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri. The 18-time All-Star who made the All-NBA Team 15 times was born to Pamela and Joe Bryant on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kobe Bryant, Daughter Among 5 Killed In Helicopter Crash In Los Angeles Area was originally published on myhoustonmajic.com
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.— City of Calabasas (@CityofCalabasas) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant has died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CBSLA Sports Director Jim Hill has confirmed. He was 41. https://t.co/v9ouQ9NzCr— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 26, 2020
BREAKING: Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash https://t.co/42oINV9ZUU— TMZ (@TMZ) January 26, 2020
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020