Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people have died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, according to reports.
News site TMZ was the first to report the former Los Angeles Lakers star’s death, which occurred in a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, according to reports. The Los Angeles County Fire Department originally said at least five people died in the crash in the hills of Calabasas, Calif., just north of Los Angeles, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department later said flight records showed nine were onboard. There were no survivors.
Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, 13, was aboard the helicopter with her father, TMZ first reported, citing a representative for the basketball legend. A Southern California community college baseball coach, his wife and daughter, who played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, were among those killed, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Los Angeles Times, citing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. local time near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road.