NBA legend Kobe Bryant, four others dead in helicopter crash

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Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash that has killed everyone else on board.

Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore – aka GiGi – was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash. She was 13.


TMZ TV reported that they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.

He was traveling with at least 5 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived.

John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College was among the victims along with girls basketball coach Christina Mauser, who’s married to Tijuana Dogs singer Matt Mauser.

“This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, have four daughters: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and Capri.