Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar who won five championships with the team and was often compared to Michael Jordan, died Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41.
UPDATE Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper, but his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was, according to reports.
Officials confirm to Variety that Bryant was a passenger on board a helicopter that crashed in the L.A. Country suburb of Calabasas.
TMZ first reported the news.
Bryant was allegedly traveling in his own private helicopter when it crashed. At least three other people were killed.
The helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76B, registration N72EX, it was owned by Island Express Holding Corp.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fatal crash.