Basketball player Kobe Bryant among the victims of helicopter crash (VIDEOS)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, the administration of the American city announced on Twitter.

American basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, was killed this Sunday January 26 in a helicopter crash not far from Calabasas, California, which killed a total of five people, the administration of the American city announced.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The aircraft fell this morning, around 10:00 am, in a field not far from Las Virgenes. No one on the ground was injured. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating,” said the administration.

It is a Sikorsky S-76, the FAA said in a statement.

According to TMZ Sports, the former Los Angeles Lakers star and several others were on board the helicopter that crashed near Calabasas and there are no survivors.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff, of whom Calabasas is a member, has confirmed that five people were killed in a helicopter crash.

Firefighters arrived at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

An investigation has been launched, according to the sheriff.

The media first announced that Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, and her four daughters – Gianna, Natalia, Biance, and Capri – were not on the helicopter.

But TMZ later claimed that a girl from Kobe Bryant died in the disaster.

The latest widely shared tweet

The last message posted by Kobe Bryant on his Twitter account this January 26 around 6:00 am, became very popular after the announcement of the death of the player.

It has already been shared more than 180,000 times and has collected more than 700,000 likes.

Kobe Bryant, a legend

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant played for the Lakers between 1996 and 2016. He is one of seven players to have scored more than 30,000 points in his career.

President Trump reacted on Twitter to the news of the death of Kobe Bryant.

“There are reports that basketball player Kobe Bryant and three others were killed in a helicopter accident in California. This is terrible news! ”He wrote.

A minute of silence was observed this Sunday, January 26 in Houston, before the match between the Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets, in tribute to Kobe Bryant.


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