NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 in Loss Angeles, media reports.
Reports say the former LA Lakers star and 5-time NBA champion was among the passengers in a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas.
According to the Los Angeles Times, chopper crash occurred around 10 a.m. local time amid foggy conditions in the hills overlooking Calabasas. The chopper crash sparked a brush fire on the impact that hampered initial rescue efforts.
According to TMZ, he was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling down from the sky.
At least five people were killed in the crash but authorities have not identified the victims by names yet, while an investigation into the accident has been initiated.
Kobe Bryant’s sudden death came just hours after he toasted fellow NBA icon and current Laker LeBron James for passing him for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Condolence messages have started to pour in on social media on Kobe’s sudden passing away:
Extremely difficult to process the passing of Kobe. He was not only a celebrated athlete but someone who was ubiquitous in pop culture for the last 20+yrs. For many of us it’s unfathomable to think such a central figure of our childhood has passed. RIP. Love to his family&friends
— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) January 26, 2020
RIP @kobebryant Just an unimaginable loss. Prayers for his family. We were all graced by his talent and humanity.
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) January 26, 2020
I am completely speechless and devastated at the unexpected passing of my dear friend, @kobebryant. Kobe had a big heart and an even bigger love for the community of Los Angeles. Through his foundation, he changed the lives of so many people and families with his wife, Vanessa. pic.twitter.com/4zs4zcjcfe
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) January 26, 2020
— Anadolu Efes SK (@AnadoluEfesSK) January 26, 2020
ABC news just reported that Kobe’s four daughters were also on the helicopter. But that can’t be right. His youngest is basically a newborn. And then who was flying the helicopter?
— zellie (@zellieimani) January 26, 2020
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) January 26, 2020