NBA legend Kobe Byrant has died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter and nine others.
The five time NBA Champion was in helicopter with is daughter Gianna, died just before 10am local time in Calabasas, which is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Bryant and his daughter were on their way to a basketball tournament when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed. Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said nine people in total were on board the helicopter – the pilot plus eight passengers – and there were no survivors.
john Altobelli, 56, the longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, was killed along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, in the helicopter crash.
Altobelli’s daughter played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter, said Altobelli’s younger brother, Tony, the sports information director at the school.
Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and his three other daughters Natalia, Bianca and Capri.
The crash occurred in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their helicopters
The Former point guard Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers between 1996 and 2016 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional basketball players of all time.
|KOBE BYRANT WITH HIS DAUGHTER GIANNA|
Fomer NBA legend, and a six time NBA champion Michael Jordan said,
“I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing.
“Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much.
“He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver added in a statement: “The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
“He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to be the very best of their ability.
“He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of player, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organisation and the entire sports world.”