UPDATE: Kobe Bryant, daughter and 7 others found dead in California helicopter crash

Source: ABC NEWS

UPDATE:

Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died alongside her father, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

Officials updated media and say now 9 people total have died in the deadly helicopter crash.


Basketball legend Kobe Bryant is among five people who died in a helicopter crash in the Southern California residential neighborhood of Calabasas.

There were no survivors in the crash around 10 a.m. local time Sunday, fire officials said in a press conference. The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances, a spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board told ABC News. 

Witnesses who were mountain biking in the area saw the helicopter in the distress, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda told reporters. It is not known whether the pilot alerted over radio that the aircraft was in distress, Imbrenda said.

It is unclear who the helicopter belonged to or where it originated from and was going to. Firefighters are working on containing the fire that resulted.

Bryant was 41 years old. He was drafted to the NBA out of high school and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships

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