Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday according to the Los Angeles Times.
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant, the NBA and MVP who spanned a 20-year career with the L.A. Lakers, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. He was 41.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
Nine people were on board when the helicopter went down near Calabasas this morning.
News 6 sister station Local 10 News learned, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter was also on board.
Bryant’s wife Vanessa was reportedly not on the helicopter, according to TMZ.
Emergency crews responded after a helicopter crashed and sparked a small brush fire on Sunday in Southern California.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the crash occurred in Calabasas and all five people were confirmed dead.
Officials didn’t immediately know how many people were on board or if there were any injuries.
Firefighters worked to douse flames that spread through dry brush.
Calabasas is a city of 23,000 people about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Bryant was 41 years old and played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The NTSB shared a post on Twitter saying:
“NTSB launching Go Team to investigate the Jan. 26, 2020 crash of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter in Calabasas, CA. The team is expected to arrive in California this evening.”
The AP contributed to this story. This story will be updated.