No survivors in Calabasas helicopter crash; Kobe Bryant, daughter among dead

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CALABASAS, Cali. (TMZ) – Officials in California are on the scene of a fiery helicopter crash into the Calabasas hills Sunday morning that killed all on board, including basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, according to sources for TMZ and Variety.

Deputies responded to the scene near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street at around 10 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lost Hills station told KTLA.

At least nine people were killed in the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer told KTLA it was a Sikorsky S-76 and it is currently not known what caused the crash.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Bryant is the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.

Bryant, 41, was father to four children and married to Vanessa Laine Bryant.

Gianna, 13, is the second born child of Kobe and Vanessa. She played basketball for the Los Angeles Lady Mamba girls basketball team.

Vanessa Bryant was not on the helicopter, according to TMZ.

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