WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A helicopter crash in California killed retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna on Sunday morning, along with seven others on board.
- The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the crash killed all nine onboard, including the pilot.
- An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash.
Celebrated NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has passed away in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other victims, Los Angeles County officials reported.
Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby recounted that they had received a 911 call just before 10 a.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival at the crash site in Calabasas, California, they discovered debris scattered along the hillside. The crash had also started a brush fire.
Osby said that a helicopter “with firefighter paramedics on board” rushed to the site and hoisted the paramedics down to the incident.
Unfortunately, after “a search of the area for survivors,” it was determined that all nine people on board, including the pilot, have already passed away.
So far, only a few of the victims have been identified.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were traveling to a basketball game with another teammate of Gianna’s and a parent. A report from the Orange County Register stated that Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli was among the crash victims.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva acknowledged that “There is wide speculation who the identities are,” but declined to confirm any speculation.
He explained that he deemed it “entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made the identification through their very deliberative process and they have made notifications to next of kin.”
An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash.