Legend Kobe Bryant & Daughter dead in LA-area crash

 

Former Los Angeles Laker and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and his daughter died Sunday in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area. Authorities believe seven other people were also killed.

 

David Shapiro, a former mayor of Calabasas, California, and currently a city councilman, confirmed to NBC News that Bryant, 41, was on the helicopter.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on the helicopter, according to Shapiro. The two were on board with another parent and child who were not identified.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said a manifest for the helicopter listed nine people — eight passengers and one pilot. He said authorities believe nine bodies were found at the scene.

Villanueva did not identify them, saying he was waiting for the coroner to complete an investigation.

Kobe and Gianna Bryant were captured on cameras last month sitting court side at a Brooklyn Nets game in New York City, where they seemed to be discussing basketball.

The father and daughter were reportedly on their way to a travel basketball game when the helicopter crashed, according to ESPN.

A call for a downed helicopter and brush fire in Calabasas went out at 9:47 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.

Osby said the fire, which was a quarter-acre, was difficult to extinguish because it included magnesium, a chemical that reacts with oxygen and water.