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Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning, TMZ reports.
The former basketball player and NBA star was 41 years old.
According to TMZ, Bryant “was traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down.” Nobody on the flight survived.
His wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, was reportedly not on board.
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, around 30 miles (48 kilometres) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, while en route from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport. Nine people were on board, including retired professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five other passengers, and the pilot. Everyone on board was killed on impact.
It is unclear what caused the crash, as the helicopter was not carrying a flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder due to it not being mandatory for aircraft of this type in line with FAA regulations. A subsequent autopsy was unable to detect any traces of drugs or alcohol in the pilot‘s system, and preliminary findings from the National Transportation Safety Board stated that there was no evidence of engine failure. However, an investigation has been launched into Lockheed Martin‘s Sikorsky S-76B.