In an absolutely devastating development, TMZ Sports is reporting that Lakers great and Lower Merion graduate Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA:
Kobe Bryant died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning … TMZ Sports has confirmed.
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Another level of confirmation came via ABC 7 Eyewitness News’ Sports Anchor & Reporter Curt Sandoval:
— Curt Sandoval (@abc7curt) January 26, 2020
We’ll have more on this story as details emerge. If true, our thoughts and prayers are with the Bryant family and all those impacted by the reported loss of multiple passengers on board.
Update 1: Woj confirming the report:
Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
Update 2: There are conflicting reports out there right regarding who was in the helicopter with Bryant. ABC reporter Matt Gutman originally said his four daughters were with him, but no other outlets are reporting similar news.
This was what was said on air:
ABC News is reporting that 4 of Kobe Bryant's children were believed to be on that helicopter with him along with Rick Fox. pic.twitter.com/5IhPA5hcZ2
— Rap Daily (@RapDailyx) January 26, 2020
EDIT – that above tweet was deleted and ABC has corrected the report:
UPDATE: ABC News now pulling back on report that Kobe Bryant's daughters were on helicopter.
— Tisha Lewis FOX 5 DC (@TishaLewis) January 26, 2020
Can confirm former @lakers star Rick Fox WAS NOT among the passengers on the helicopter with Kobe Bryant. Source: his daughter.
— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) January 26, 2020
Update 3: TMZ is now reporting that one of his daughters was on the helicopter:
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 26, 2020
Kobe and his daughter, just this season:
can’t stop thinking about this right now pic.twitter.com/bOTSW8bnyL
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) January 26, 2020
TMZ reporting that Kobe and his daughter were on the way to his Mama Center for a basketball tournament.