Via TMZ – Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, TMZ Sports has confirmed.
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years, dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.
KB is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters, Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.
UPDATE: TMZ is now also reporting that Kobe and Vanessa’s daughter, Gianna Maria was also on board the helicopter and was among the people who died in the crash.