UPDATE: It is also being reported that Bryant’s daughter, Gianna Marie, was also on board the helicopter.
It is not believed that Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, was on board the helicopter. There were no survivors in the crash.
The Associated Press reports emergency crews responded after a helicopter crashed and sparked a small brush fire Sunday in Southern California, authorities said.
Firefighters worked to douse flames that spread through about an acre (.40 hectares) of dry brush, Marrujo said.
Calabasas is a city of 23,000 people about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant, the NBA and MVP who spanned a 20-year career with the L.A. Lakers, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. He was 41.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
Bryant, one of the league’s biggest stars, retired in 2016. In addition to his five titles, he was selected to the all-star 18 times and earned an MVP award in 2008. He was a 12-time member of the all-defensive team and made the all-NBA team 15 times. Bryant was the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history with 33,643 career points, according to CBS Sports.
After his retirement, Bryant launched his production company, Granity Studios. His first project, “Dear Basketball,” won the Oscar for best short animated film in 2008.
In November, Bryant told CBS News’ Dana Jacobson he wanted to be remembered for generations as a “storyteller,” with the “basketball side” being for the older generations.
He said 50 years from now, he wanted to be remembered “as a person that was able to create stories that inspired their children and families to bond together. And for the children to dream. Then have the initiative to wake up every morning and do all they can to help that dream become a reality, you know, that would be really, really cool.”
LeBron James surpassed Bryant as the third all-time scoring leader on Saturday.