Retired N.B.A. Player And Champion Kobe Bryant Died With His Daughter In A Helicopter Crash
Kobe Bryant, the retired N.B.A. player and 18-time All-Star and five-time N.B.A. champion, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna near Calabasas, California. The crash also claimed life of a college baseball coach, his wife and daughter.
According to Nine people including the pilot died in the crash said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff in a press conference. The National Transportation Safety Board had already sent a team to California to investigate the incident. According to Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County fire chief, the crash site was difficult to access and that the firefighters had to hike the area.
What was the approved strength of passengers wasn’t clear at the time of the incident. Also, the authorities weren’t certain whether the helicopter was carrying more passengers than allowed and if it was overloaded. But authorities said that they would need several days to recover bodies of the victims of hospital crash.
Kobe was going to an academy
Koby Bryant (41) and Gianna were on the way to the academy where he used to coach his daughter’s team. But no further details about the academy or his trip weren’t revealed due to investigations. Meanwhile, fans started visiting the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousands Oaks, California. People of all ages stood huddled in silence around the memorial. Bryant joined N.B.A. directly out of high school in 1996 and rose to become the one of the best players in the history of N.B.A.