NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday morning, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.
According to a close source, the chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometres) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Source says nine people were aboard and presumed dead. Bryant, an all-time basketball great who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was among the victims.
However, it has been confirmed that Bryantâ€™s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was killed in the helicopter crash.
Reports from Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer indicates that it was a Sikorsky S-76 and it was not known what caused the crash.
It is said that the fallen NBA star, Bryant often used helicopters to save time and avoid Southern Californiaâ€™s notorious traffic. Even as a player, he often travelled to practices and games by helicopter, and he kept up the practice after retirement as he attended to his business ventures.