Update: Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash, Daughter Also Killed [Condolences]
Update #2: According to reports, Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash. She was 13. Reportedly, they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.
Very sad news. According to TMZ, Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash. The site reports,
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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.
Kobe has recently been spotted out at NBA games with his daughter Gianna — a rising star basketball player herself. Their youngest daughter, Capri, was just born in June 2019.
Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time — making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers. He’s a 5-time NBA champion.
Kobe’s last social media post, was over the weekend, as he congratulated LeBron James.
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He was 41 years old.
We send our condolences to everyone involved!