Just in: Kobe Byrant daughter, Gianna, also dead in helicopter crash
Kobe Byrant has passed away, TMZ confirms.
Update: While the death of former LA Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, is still the subject of an investigation, it can be confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was, unfortunately, on that helicopter.
We can confirm that she, Kobe Bryant, two other passengers, as well as the pilot all died in the incident.
Byrant had been seen at the Staples Centre, seated courtside with his teen daughter at the Lakers game.
Kobe Bryant confirmed dead
The details are very sketchy at the moment but according to TMZ, Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash.
This is what we know so far
The popular tabloid magazine has confirmed that Kobe Byrant was travelling with three other people in his helicopter when it suddenly plummeted.
At this time, it is not certain what caused the crash but we can confirm that all five of the people who were on board did not survive the incident.
Also, we know for a fact that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not travelling with the retired basketball star.
No information has surfaced on the current condition of three of his other daughters, Natalie, Bianca and his newborn, Capri.
The multi-NBA champion was recently seen using the helicopter to travel from Newport Beach, California to the Staples Centre with his daughter, on Friday night.
Bryant is survived by Vanessa, and as far as we know, three children.
Social media reacts to death of Bryant
The news of the death of Bryant and his daughter has spread on social media like wildfire.
It came unexpectedly and has struck a blow in millions of people around the world, who revered Bryant as an NBA legend.
He was a five-time NBA champion with 18 All-Star first pick in his rep sheet and a 20-year illustrious career of nothing but show-stopping athleticism.
This is how social media reacted to his passing:
This is a developing story.