Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

by Adam Ford · Jan 26th, 2020 2:44 pm

Last Updated Jan 27th, 2020 at 6:54 am

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died at age 41 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His daughter, Gianna, 13, was also killed in the crash, the NBA confirmed. They were on their way to a travel basketball game, and another player and parent, along with the pilot, were among nine who perished in the accident. There were no survivors.

The basketball legend is survived by his wife Vanessa, and three of their daughters, Natalia, Bianca, and their newborn Capri.

The cause of the crash has not been announced, but it has been reported that Bryant's helicopter was flying in foggy conditions that had grounded other choppers.

TMZ published pictures of the crash scene in the Calabasas hills:

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department also tweeted pictures of the scene and confirmed the number of fatalities and that there were no survivors:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement:

President Trump offered his condolences:

🔦 Widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all-time, Bryant starred for two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before retiring after the 2016 season.

The tragedy comes the day after LeBron James surpassed him for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list. Kobe was in Philadelphia to watch James's feat.