Born: 23 August 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 26 January 2020

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning.   

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star’s death was first confirmed by TMZ. 

The outlet reported that Bryant was traveling with four other people – including daughter ‘Gi-Gi’ – in his private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down near the home of Kourtney Kardashian. 

Sources told TMZ the chopper was on its way to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that another player and parent were also on the helicopter. 

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