Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
Updated at 4:37pm.
LA Laker and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash.
Bryant was in his private helicopter with five people that are confirmed dead from the crash, including Bryant and the pilot. TMZ also reports that one of Bryant's daughters, 13-year-old Gianna "GiGi" Marie Onore, had been on board as well and is also dead.
His wife Vanessa Bryant was reportedly not on board.
The exact cause of the fire and crash are currently under investigation.
Kobe was a frequent flyer, using helicopters to travel to his Lakers practices from Newport Beach, California to the team's arena in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. He previously owned a Sikorsky S-76 chopper.
Kobe and Vanessa shared four daughters: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and Capri. Capri was born in June 2019.
Kobe's historic basketball career earned his jersey numbers, 8 and 24, to be retired by the Lakers, making him the only player in history to hold that honor.