NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.
There were no survivors in the crash around 10:00 a.m. in Calabasas, Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. An investigation remains ongoing.
Bryant, 41, played for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers and is considered one of the best basketball players of all time. He won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star and is fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Bryant was born in Philadelphia and attended Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburbs. He was drafted into the NBA at 17 years old. At 34 years old, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.
He retired in 2016, and was scheduled to headline the 2020 NBA Hall of Fame nominees.
Bryant had four daughters with his wife Vanessa — Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and Capri.
NBA athletes, officials and fans mourned Bryant’s death in messages and memorials across social media.