Kobe Bryant was killed in the early hours of Sunday, January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star’s death was confirmed by TMZ.
The news website reported that Bryant and his daughter with traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.
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 10 am after a fire broke out.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, as witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down.
According to TMZ, they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.