Basketball great Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash this morning in the hills of Calabasas, California. There were 9 people on board at the time, and reports are all 9 persons were killed. Even more tragic, Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, also perished along with her superstar father. TMZ obtained the 911 call after the chopper went down.
We’re told Kobe was traveling in his own privately owned helicopter, taking his daughter to his Mamba Academy for a basketball tournament. His wife Vanessa was not on board. Kobe Bryant was regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time with 5 NBA titles to his name. He played 20 years with his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, and reported to 18 All-Star teams.
It was first thought there were only 5 people aboard the helicopter, but local authorities have just revealed there were actually 9 souls lost in the crash – details are still coming in. Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa and daughters Natalie, Bianca, and newborn Capri.
Our condolences go out to the Bryant family and all those families touched by this tragedy.