According to multiple news reports. NBA legend Kobe Bryant has passed away at the age of 41. Bryant was on his way to a basketball game with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna when the crash happened. Gianna,13, also passed away in the crash.
Initial reports claimed five people perished but the death toll was raised to nine – including the pilot – at a press conference Sunday night. Among those killed was John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange County College, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa; as well as girls basketball coach Christina Mauser.
The crash is under investigation, however it is known that at around 9:40 AM the helicopter turned south, towards a mountainous area. Five minutes later it hit the hillside.
He is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three other children.