TMZ has more information now, reporting that Bryant’s daughter Gianna was among those killed.
In their update: “Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.”
“We’re told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.”
Original Report: NBA Star, Kobe Bryant died today, Sunday 26 Jan 2020 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, TMZ reports.
Bryant was reportedly in his private helicopter with three other people when it crashed.
Emergency personnel responded when a fire broke out.
No one on board the helicopter survived, according to TMZ Sports.
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.
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