Kobe Bryant and his teenaged daughter, Gianna, were two of the fatalities from a helicopter crash that took place in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday (Jan. 26).
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that all of the helicopter’s passengers were killed in the crash, which happened around 10 a.m. on an unusually foggy morning. The flight manifest listed nine people, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said at a press conference. The Los Angeles Times confirmed that Bryant’s daughter, aged 13, was traveling with her father; TMZ reports that the Bryants were en route to Gianna’s basketballl practice.
An 18-member National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigative team is traveling from D.C. to California to determine the cause of the crash.
Bryant, 41, spent the entirety of his NBA career as the star shooting guard for the L.A. Lakers. He retired in 2016 after his final season with the team, and was a frequent courtside spectactor — as was Gianna, who would accompany her dad to games.
He was a five-time NBA champion, one with a devoted following, and several members of the music community — including Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Drake and more — have tweeted their condolences and shared their thoughts in the hours immediately following his passing.