NBA Legend, Kobe Bryant reported dead in helicopter crash aged 41

Publish Date
Monday, 27 January 2020, 9:26AM
Kobe Bryant was 41 years old. Getty Images

Kobe Bryant was 41 years old. Getty Images

The sports world is in mourning as it understands NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have been killed in a helicopter crash earlier this morning.

Police have confirmed a helicopter crash in Calabasas and say there are five people confirmed dead.

ABC News and TMZ confirmed that Bryant - one of the biggest names in the sporting world - is among those killed in the crash.

TMZ reported a fire broke out on board the helicopter, causing the tragic accident.

Bryant, 41, was one of the most recognisable sport faces on the planet after his stellar 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tributes have been flowing in as news circulates the globe, including super model Gigi Hadid, who shared a photo from her 11th birthday party, which seemed to be Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers themed. 

The 18-time NBA All-Star spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters - Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri.