Kobe Bryant Killed In Helicopter Crash

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, World
Published 26.01.20

UPDATE: Kobe’s 13 year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash reps told TMZ Sports

The outlet was told the pair were on their way to the Mamba Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. 

Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash, according to multiple reports.

Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiralling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports.


His wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper, according to the report.

A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Firefighters attend the scene and put out the flames.

“Unfortunately there were no survivors,” Tony Imbrenda, the Los Angeles County Fire captain, told reporters. ​Imbrenda could not confirm who was on board or who the helicopter belonged to.

Bryant regularly used his Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to travel to and from matches at the Staples Center for years.

He is survived by daughters, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.


As soon as the news hit social media, people posted their condolences.


Widely considered one to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, the lifelong LA Laker made 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career.


He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in 2008.

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