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.
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Can affirm legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in an helicopter accident, sources advised Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant is survived by his spouse Vanessa and their 4 daughters: Gianna, Natalia, and Bianca, and their new child daughter Capri.
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