Kobe Bryant, widely considered one of the greatest players in basketball, has been killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Maria-Onore.
Kobe and his daughter were on a private helicopter when it went down after a fire broke out.
A total of nine people are confirmed dead, with representatives for TMZ Sport confirming the 41-year-old and 13-year-old are among the deceased.
The other victims are unknown at this stage.
Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers talking about former opponent Kobe Bryant’s death. Post continues after video.
Kobe Bryant was a transcendent star who went straight from high school to the game’s biggest stage.
He won five NBA championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers and was the face of the franchise during his 20-year career.
A small forward and shooting guard, Bryant averaged 25 points during his career and twice led the NBA in scoring.
He was an 18-times NBA All-Star who wore the jersey numbers 24 and 8 – both of which were retired by the Lakers – and continued the ‘Showtime’ tradition of the storied franchise that has been home to the likes of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.