Kobe Bryant and daughter killed in helicopter crash

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 27 Jan 2020, 9:16AM

Kobe Bryant and daughter killed in helicopter crash

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 27 Jan 2020, 9:16AM

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has been killed in a private helicopter crash in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police say nine people were on board the helicopter which crashed, killing basketball legend Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters.

It's understood the father of four was on his way to basketball practice with 13-year-old GiGi when the helicopter went down in the Calabasas hills.

Bryant was travelling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.

TMZ said a fire broke out on board the helicopter, causing the tragic accident.

The crash apparently occurred behind the home of reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian.

The crash flames sparked a brush fire, making it harder for firefighters and emergency services to get to the site.

Bryant, 41, was one of the most recognisable sport faces on the planet after his stellar 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am Sunday (local time) after a fire broke out.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. It is unclear where the chopper departed from or where it was headed when it went down.

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa. The pair have four daughters: Gianna (known as Gigi), Natalia, Bianca and Capri. Capri is the youngest of the four and was born in June last year.

The 18-time NBA All-Star spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships.

He was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.

Bryant has been known to use a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to travel for years - often flying from Newport Beach to the Staples Center for Lakers games.

 

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