The retired N.B.A. star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, Calif. A college baseball coach and his wife and daughter were also killed.
The authorities in Los Angeles County said it could take several days to recover bodies from the crash site, as the helicopter crashed in rough terrain.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Here’s what we know so far about the crash.
- The authorities said it could take several days to recover the bodies from the crash site.
- Bryant and his daughter were on their way to an academy where he coached her team.
- Bryant was considered one of the best players in N.B.A. history.
- Fans gathered quickly at Staples Center, where Bryant delivered championships with the Lakers.
- A college baseball coach, along with his wife and daughter, also died in the crash.
- Past and present players pay their respects.
Fans and Friends Mourn Kobe Bryant After Helicopter Crash
The retired N.B.A. star, 41, was among the passengers in a helicopter that went down in Calabasas, Calif.
“Kobe, my thoughts are with you absolutely. Rest in peace, young man. This loss is, it’s just hard to comprehend.” “Everything I do, I do it for him, obviously. Really close friend — and this season’s for him.” “The N.B.A. and the game of basketball will mourn this loss together. Please join us in a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant. Rest in peace, Mamba.”00:001:101:10 Fans and Friends Mourn Kobe Bryant After Helicopter Crash The retired N.B.A. star, 41, was among the passengers in a helicopter that went down in Calabasas, Calif.CreditCredit…Gene Blevins/Reuters
The retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday.GlendaleHelicoptercrash siteLos AngelesMalibuFlight path of helicopterLos AngelesInt’l AirportAnaheimLong BeachJohn WayneAirport10 mi.30 km.
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Bryant was among the passengers traveling onboard the helicopter. Nine people died in the crash, including the pilot, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, during a news conference.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it sent a team to California on Sunday evening.
Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County fire chief, said the crash site was difficult to access and that firefighters had to hike to the area.
It was not immediately clear how many passengers the helicopter was approved to transport, and fire officials said it was not immediately clear whether the helicopter was overloaded.
The N.B.A. sent a confirmation of Bryant’s and Gianna’s deaths to all teams and league employees Sunday afternoon, according to two people familiar with the document.
The other victims of the crash included John Altobelli, a longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa. Calif., as well as Altobelli’s wife, Keri, and daughter Alyssa, university officials said.FULL COVERAGERead more about Bryant’s death, including his brilliant and complicated legacy, how he shaped the Los Angeles Lakers and their future, and how the world of entertainment is remembering him through film and song.
The authorities said it could take several days to recover the bodies from the crash site.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva of Los Angeles County said the helicopter went down in an area with “very rough terrain,” and that even emergency officials had found it dangerous to reach during daylight on Sunday. The debris field, the sheriff said, was roughly 100 yards in each direction.