NBA legend Kobe Bryant has reportedly died in a helicopter crash in southern California.
The 41-year-old was reportedly travelling with at least three others, and the LA County Sheriffs Department has confirmed that there were no survivors on board.
TMZ has reported that his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on board, after having it confirmed by a representative of the Bryants.
The pair were on their way to the Mamba Academy, in nearby Thousand Oaks, for a basketball practice when the crash occurred.
The former LA Laker’s private helicopter is said to have crashed in Calabasas, California earlier today (January 26).
Emergency personnel attended the scene but unfortunately confirmed no one survived after the aircraft burst into flames.
Avoid the area until further notice.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
The crash occurred shortly before 10 am local time (PST), just south of Agoura Road. The downed helicopter ignited a brush fire which made it more difficult for first responders to attend to the scene.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
The pair are survived by wife and mother Vanessa, as well as Gianna’s three siblings Natalia, Bianca and their newborn Capri.
Like father, like daughter.
Kobe's daughter, Gianna, out here pulling his moves 🐍
— ESPN (@espn) May 19, 2019
In his illustrious career with the LA Lakers, Kobe won five NBA Championships, was named NBA MVP once (2008), was awarded NBA Finals MVP twice and featured in 18 All-Star teams in his 20 seasons in the league.
In fact, he was so good, the Lakers retired both of his numbers – 8 and 24 – once he had retired in 2016.
The Rockets & Nuggets hold a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/5LV9ddyi42
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 26, 2020
With career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, he is considered one of the most complete players in NBA history. He was the first player in NBA history to have at least 30,000 career points and 6,000 career assists and is one of only four players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 6,000 assists.
"He inspired so many people,"
Drew Brees on Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/OYnKAAyS0S
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 26, 2020
The sporting world has truly lost an icon. Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kobe and Gianna, as well as the family and friends of the others involved in the horrific crash.