Breaking News from TMZ … Kobe Bryant is dead at the age of 41 after being killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California Sunday morning (Jan. 26).
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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.
And just in case you have trust issues with TMZ, several other media outlets have independently verified that that sadly, this news is 100% true.
— Curt Sandoval (@abc7curt) January 26, 2020
Can confirm legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in an helicopter accident, sources told Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant and his daughter GiGi are survived by Kobe’s wife Vanessa (GiGi’s mother) and their four daughters (Gigi’s sisters): Natalia, Bianca, and newborn Capri.
This is a developing story, check back for updates…