UPDATED Breaking News: Kobe Bryant and daughter die in Helicopter Crash

Kobe, his daughter and others on-board killed. Details here.

January 26, 2020
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Beyond shocked and saddened by the news that legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant has passed away.

TMZ broke the news that he was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas early this morning.

Details are still vague but it's reported that everyone on board (5 people) are confirmed dead on the private helicopter after a fire broke out and sent it spiraling.

The crash is currently under investigation. His wife Vanessa was not on the plane.

Kobe was 41 and he and his wife had 4 daughters together.

Sending prayers and love to his family and those lost in the crash.

More details to come...

2:49pm CST: TMZ has confirmed that Kobe's 13-year-old daughter Gianna (Gigi) was with him on the plane and killed as well.

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

They say they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.

GIgi and Kobe have been seen at several games together as she was said to be a rising basketball star as well. Beyond heartbreaking. That poor family.

 

UPDATED 5:15PM CST: Reports are that there were 9 people on board killed in this crash. One pilot and 8 passengers. Reasons for the crash are still pending.