Kobe Bryant is Dead at 41 in CA Helicopter Crash

Breaking news that Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash a few hours ago. His 13 year old daughter, Gianna, was killed as well. The helicopter they were in crashed on a hillside in Calabasas California. They departed from Orange county out in foggy conditions, and the helicopter crashed and burst into flames.

The crash happened right before 10:00 a.m. by Willow Glen and Las Virgenes. 911 was called just before 9:50 and emergency services arrived shortly thereafter. The crash head ignited a brush fire on the hill. Firefighters were rushed to the area right away to look for survivors.  There is an ongoing FAA and NTSB investigation. Victims are being identified by the LA county coroner’s office.

I have not seen a confirmation, but one source says that all nine people on board had died. Another said that only five people died.

The Los Angeles county sheriff said that there were nine people on board. Eight passengers, one pilot. Next of kin will have to be notified before they will release who had died.

Bryant, an absolutely incredible basketball star spent 20 years with the Lakers. I will update this post as more information becomes available