Basketball legend kobe Bryant and his daughter are killed in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.   

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star was traveling with four other people – including daughter ‘Gi-Gi’ – in his private Sikorsky S-76 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 near the home of Kourtney Kardashian. 

Bryant was widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. 

The Philadelphia native was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft and spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP titles and 18 All-Star titles before retiring in 2016. 

Bryant was on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and represented the USA at the Olympics in 2008 and 2008. 

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. 

He is currently ranked fourth for all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring.