NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in a helicopter crash, according to TMZ. The 41-year-old died in Calabasas on Sunday morning. Bryant was travelling with at least three other people when his private helicopter went down.
Emergency personnel responded but were unable to save anyone that was on board with five people confirmed dead, according to the report.
It is claimed Vanessa Bryant was not on board.
The cause of the helicopter crash is now under investigation.
LA County sheriffs tweeted: “Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash. #LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing.
“Avoid the area until further notice.”
Bryant has famously used a private helicopter for years, going back to when he was playing at the Lakers.
The NBA legend is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri.
Bryant is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, having spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was an 18-time All-Star and was named in the All-NBA Team on 15 occasions.
Bryant was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2005 and racked up 1,346 regular season career appearances between 1996 and 2016.
The Lakers legend helped his side to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002 and continued to rank among the top players across the league until knee and shoulder injuries forced his retirement at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Bryant was the youngster player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, hitting the milestone aged 34 years and 104 days.
He surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers’ all-time leading points scorer in February 2010 and has the joint-most All-Star MVP awards – tied with Bob Pettit on four.
Bryant also won Olympic gold medals as a member of the US National team at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Bryant also achieved success off the court with his film ‘ Dear Basketball’ winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Just last night Bryant congratulated current Lakers star LeBron James for becoming the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all-time.
He tweeted: “Continuing to move the game forward. Much respect my brother.”
And LeBron also said he was happy to be in the same conversation as Bryant.
“I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant,” said James.
“One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers.
“The man’s got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”
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