Confirmed 5 Dead in Helicopter Crash

Kobe Bryant, the NBA star, Oscar winner, and pop culture icon died Sunday at the age of 41, according to TMZ.

His private Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed in Calabasas, and nine people aboard were confirmed dead. A Los Angeles local news report confirmed that a helicopter had crashed in the area, and sparked a quarter-acre brush fire. A source confirmed the death of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to TMZ, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria was among the passengers on board and died in the crash as well.

ESPN reports that Bryant and his daughter were on their way to a travel basketball game and that another player and parent were aboard the helicopter as well.

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