Former Los Angeles Lakers guard and NBA all-time great Kobe Bryant has died along with several others - including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, according to the New York Times - when the helicopter they were in crashed Sunday morning in Calabasas, California. Bryant was 41.
There have been several conflicting reports as to how many people were on the helicopter trip, but ESPN has reported that "Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference there were no survivors, and according to the flight manifest, there were nine people on board the helicopter."
There's no word yet on what caused the crash, but Fox News reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are currently saying that the helicopter went down under "unknown circumstances."
Bryant sent out his last public message on Twitter Saturday night after Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James passed him for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list:
Bryant was drafted straight out of high school in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets, but never played a game for that franchise following a draft night trade to the Los Angeles Lakers where Bryant would spend his entire 20-year career.
Prayers go out to the families of all those lost in the crash. We lost you way too soon.
H/T: Fox News