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Lakers Great Kobe Bryant and Daughter Among 9 Dead In Helicopter Crash

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On Sunday morning, according to multiple reports, former LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant and at least  other passengers died after Bryant’s private helicopter crashed in Calabasas.

The LA County sheriff's office has confirmed that there were no survivors from the crash.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, during a press conference, said that nine people were on-board of the aircraft at the time of the crash. "It is entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name," he said.

According to reports, Bryant's wife, Vanessa, was not on board. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has said that the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76, crashed under “unknown circumstances.”

Sports Illustrated obtained exclusive footage of the crash

The FAA also added that local authorities informed them that there were five people aboard at the time.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. and the fire made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, according to the city of Calabasas. Nobody on the ground was hurt,” reported Sports Illustrated’s Ben Pickman.

"TMZ was the first to report that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among those on the helicopter when it went down in the hills of Calabasas and a fire broke out," wrote SI's Chris Chavez. 

Bryant played 20 seasons for the Lakers and was a five-time NBA champion.

However, Bryant was known for more than just his NBA career.

He was also an oscar-winner for his short film "Dear Basketball." And he also co-founded a venture capital firm, Bryant Stibel, and Co.

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