Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, California, United States.
Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, nicknamed Gianna, was also onboard the private helicopter when it went down on Sunday, reps for the former basketball player told TMZ Sports.
Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
Eyewitnesses told TMZ that they heard the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down.
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.
At age 34, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark. Speaking of putting up points, he was renown for his 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. It was one of the greatest performances in modern NBA history.