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Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna dead after helicopter crash, according to report

Tragic news being reported by multiple news outlets that Lakers greatness has passed away after crash in Calabasas.

Kobe Bryant addresses the Staples Center crowd during a halftime ceremony to retire his two uniforms numbers, 8 and 24. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash, according to multiple reports. TMZ first reported Sunday afternoon. His daughter Gianna was also on the helicopter, per TMZ and subsequent reports. Bryant was 41 years old and Gianna was 13.

The two were flying with three other people when the helicopter went down in Calabasas, California en route to a travel basketball game for Gianna. The crash occurred before 10:00 a.m. in foggy conditions, according to the Los Angeles Times. The plane crashed into the mountains and created a small brush fire that made it difficult for emergency personnel to get to the helicopter, per the Times.

All five people have been confirmed dead, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. There is no word yet on the identities of the other three victims.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference Sundaya afternoon to confirm there were no survivors, and added that nine people were on board. Sheriff Alex Villaneuva stated that the identities of the individuals would not be revealed at that time, and that a later statement by the coroner would identify the individuals after next of kin were notified.