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NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter and seven others, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports.
Bryant, 41, and eight others were traveling in his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas. There were no survivors, according to TMZ. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was reportedly not on board the helicopter.
Bryant and Vanessa have four children together: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca, and Capri. TMZ later reported that Gianna, 13, was also on board the helicopter and is confirmed dead.
While the reason for the crash is currently under investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports that the helicopter slammed into a hillside and burst into flames.
People immediately responded to the news with shock.
I really hope the Kobe Bryant news is fake— Corey La Barrie (@coreylabarrie) January 26, 2020
I am hoping that the reports on Kobe Bryant are false.🥺— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 26, 2020
KOBE BRYANT CANT BE DEAD HE CANT BE THIS ISNT HAPPENING— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 26, 2020
Naw that Kobe Bryant news can’t be real— Desi Banks (@iamdesibanks) January 26, 2020
Me ignoring these Kobe Bryant tweets bc I refuse to believe that shit pic.twitter.com/ldj9Wi5Xyg— vane (@_lilvane) January 26, 2020
After fans flocked to the scene of the crash, it was reportedly restricted to residents only.
This story has been updated.
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Eilish O’Sullivan is the news wire editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.