Basketball icon Kobe Bryant reportedly died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California. He was 41.
Numerous outlets reported Bryant was in his private helicopter with several other people when it crashed.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said at least five people died in the crash around 10 AM.
“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas,” Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub said during a press conference. Weintraub also said the helicopter crashed in a remote field and no one on the ground was hurt. Authorities said the helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76B model.
Bryant is a former NBA basketball star who spent his 20-season career entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also the third all-time scorer in the NBA and won five NBA championships.
Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but lived in Italy, where his father played basketball, for most of his childhood. In 1996, Bryant joined the NBA right after graduating from high school.
Source: Business Insider