/Kobe Bryant dies in Calabasas helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant dies in Calabasas helicopter crash

BREAKING: Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, is killed in Calabasas helicopter crash along with four others onboard

  • Kobe Bryant and four others were killed when his private helicopter went down in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning
  • The 41-year-old basketball star’s death was confirmed by TMZ
  • The LA County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St at around 10am after a fire broke out
  • It is unclear where the chopper departed from or where it was headed
  • The crash apparently occurred behind the home of Kourtney Kardashian 
  • Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri 
  • The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016 

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning.   

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star’s death was confirmed by TMZ

The outlet reported that Bryant was traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board. 

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am after a fire broke out.  

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down. 

It is unclear where the chopper departed from or where it was headed. The crash apparently occurred behind the home of Kourtney Kardashian.

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning. He is seen preparing to board a helicopter in Los Angeles in April 2013

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning. He is seen preparing to board a helicopter in Los Angeles in April 2013

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning. He is seen preparing to board a helicopter in Los Angeles in April 2013

Bryant was reportedly traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed and a fire broke out. Everyone on board was killed

Bryant was reportedly traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed and a fire broke out. Everyone on board was killed

Bryant was reportedly traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed and a fire broke out. Everyone on board was killed

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am

Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016. He is pictured on the court in 2013

Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016. He is pictured on the court in 2013

Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016. He is pictured on the court in 2013

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri. 

The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016. 

He was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons and was the first and only player in Lakers history to have both of his jersey numbers – 8 and 24 – retired.

Bryant has been known to use a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to travel for years – often flying from Newport Beach to the Staples Center for Lakers games. 

This is a developing story.    

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa (pictured together in December) and their four daughters - Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa (pictured together in December) and their four daughters - Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa (pictured together in December) and their four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri

Bryant is seen with wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia and Gianna in February 2018

Bryant is seen with wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia and Gianna in February 2018

Bryant is seen with wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia and Gianna in February 2018

 

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