Former NBA star Kobe Bryant is dead after his private helicopter crashed near Calabasas, California, killing everyone on board.
Bryant, 41, was traveling from Newport Beach, California, to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper when the aircraft caught fire, according to TMZ. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that five people died in the crash. The department also warned people to avoid the area as authorities work to address the scene.
The former player’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also aboard the helicopter and is believed to have died in the crash.