On Sunday morning, former LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna, and seven other people died after Bryant’s private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
The LA County sheriff's office has confirmed that nine people--eight passengers and the pilot--died in the accident.
Bryant was 41. His daughter was 13.
According to reports, Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not on board the helicopter.
During the press conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “It is entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name."
The Federal Aviation Administration has said that the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76, crashed under “unknown circumstances.”
“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.
Bryant retired from NBA following the 2015-2016 season.
"The 18-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first-teamer led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired after the 2015-16 season, having spent his entire career with the Lakers. The franchise retired his No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in Dec. 2017," wrote SI's Chris Chavez. "He was 17 when he was selected with the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the Lakers. He went on to become the Lakers' franchise leader in points, games played, three-pointers, steals and free throws."
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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