Seven people were killed alongside Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash at the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas Sunday morning. The helicopter was headed to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks.
All nine victims have been identified: John Altobelli who is known as the ‘Kobe of the junior college baseball world,’ his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa who played on the same club team as Gianna Bryant, as well as assistant coach of the Mamba girls’ basketball team Christina Mauser, Bryant’s private pilot Ara Zobayan and mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester.
The cause of the crash is under investigation but many speculate the foggy conditions and flying too low are to blame.
Kobe and GiGi Bryant were survived by his wife Vanessa, and their daughters — Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.
The 18-time All-Star who made the All-NBA Team 15 times was born to Pamela and Joe Bryant on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
BREAKING: Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash https://t.co/42oINV9ZUU— TMZ (@TMZ) January 26, 2020
The Los Angeles Times reported the helicopter Kobe was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions. A handout photo provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, emergency crews respond to a helicopter crash that reportedly killed former NBA player Kobe Bryant on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California.
Various reports say Kobe was traveling with at least three people with 5 people confirmed dead. Reports say emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. No word if Vanessa Bryant or their children were among those on board.
4. Kobe Bryant Reportedly Killed In Helicopter Crash In Calabasas HillsSource:Getty
KTLA in Los Angeles has confirmed that Kobe Bryant was in fact on the plane and has died.
BREAKING: Former Laker Kobe Bryant has died after the helicopter he was in crashed on a hillside in the Calabasas area on Sunday morning, officials tell Variety https://t.co/etEMdq9GKk— KTLA (@KTLA) January 26, 2020
Watch KTLA 5 News live coverage for more on the helicopter crash that killed Former Laker Kobe Bryant in Calabasas: https://t.co/c47DcbknMi— KTLA (@KTLA) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas. https://t.co/Y4KZJXrObL— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10:00 this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.— City of Calabasas (@CityofCalabasas) January 26, 2020
Some reports state Rick Fox was among casualties, however friend and news reporters state otherwise.
I have personally communicated with Rick Fox via text since the news about Kobe dying came out PLEASE STOP spreading “news” unless you personally can confirm it!— Jared Greenberg (@JaredSGreenberg) January 26, 2020
I’m told Rick Fox is safe. Waiting for confirmation.— April (@ReignOfApril) January 26, 2020
Rick Fox's attorney confirms the former Laker was NOT among those on board the helicopter https://t.co/nExGH8KGlJ— TMZ (@TMZ) January 26, 2020