UPDATE: 1/27/2020 10:10 AM EST:
All nine victims have been identified in Sunday’s deadly helicopter crash that left Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna dead.
Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobell were also on board.
Christina Mauser, the assistant coach of the Mamba girls team, perished, along with Sarah and Peyton Chester. The pilot has also been identified as Ara Zobayan.
UPDATE: 1/26/2020 6:11 PM EST:
According to CNN, 9 people were on the helicopter along with Kobe and daughter, Gianna.
That includes Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobell. They were on their way to a game at Mamba Academy.
UPDATE: 1/26/2020 3:50 PM EST:
TMZ reports Kobe’s daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, aka Mambacita, was also on board the helicopter and has died in the crash.
She was 13 years old.
The pair were reportedly on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.
ESPN reports another player and parent were onboard in addition to Kobe, Gianna and the pilot.
TMZ reports Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning. TMZ has not disclosed their source of confirmation. Kobe was 41 years old.
TMZ reported a fire broke out after his private helicopter went down. They say Kobe was traveling with at least three people with 5 people confirmed dead. Reports say emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. No word if Vanessa Bryant or their children were among those on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri. The 18-time All-Star who made the All-NBA Team 15 times was born to Pamela and Joe Bryant on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant & Daughter Among 9 Dead In Helicopter Crash was originally published on zhiphopcleveland.com
BREAKING: Kobe Bryant Has Died In A Helicopter Crash https://t.co/42oINV9ZUU— TMZ (@TMZ) January 26, 2020
Athletes and celebrities from around the sports world are mourning the loss of the Lakers legend on social media. https://t.co/A9BLANV6tS— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 26, 2020
5. KTLA in Los Angeles has confirmed that Kobe Bryant was in fact on the plane and has died.
BREAKING: Former Laker Kobe Bryant has died after the helicopter he was in crashed on a hillside in the Calabasas area on Sunday morning, officials tell Variety https://t.co/etEMdq9GKk— KTLA (@KTLA) January 26, 2020
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020