Lakers’ Legend Kobe Bryant Has Died

Kobe Bryant, 41, has died alongside his daughter, Gianna Bryant, 13, this Sunday morning.

41-year-old Kobe Bryant, former Los Angeles Lakers star, alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, have died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed in a press conference said that although there were seven additional passengers, none survived.

A call for a downed helicopter accompanied by a brush fire in Calabasas went out at 9:47 AM, according to Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby. Although emergency personnel arrived to the scene quickly, the rush came to no avail for the famous family members and their fellow passengers.

Among the passengers was a pilot, Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, an unidentified parent and child, as well as John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Coast College in Costa Mesa, as well as his wife, Keri, and their daughter, Alyssa.

Los Angeles County fire Captain Tony Imbrenda was officially quoted telling reporters, “Unfortunately, there were no survivors.” All bodies were believed to have been found at the scene, Villanueva said.

Officials are now investigating whether the dense fog in the city’s sky was a contributing factor to the demise of the helicopter, according to aviation sources. LAPD spokesman Joshua Rubenstein said their police force grounded their helicopters that morning due to the unsafe conditions, as they require two miles of visibility and an 800-foot cloud ceiling.

LAPD announced that fans who wanted to mourn the star’s death could not do so at the Staples Center, the Lakers’ arena, that night due to the performance of the Grammy Awards Ceremony.