According to #TMZ basketball great #KobeBryant died in a helicoper crash in #Calabasas Sunday morning ... #TMZSports has confirmed.
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We're told #VanessaBryant was not among those on board.
Eyewitnesses also tell us that they heard the helicopter's engine sputtering before it went down. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years -- dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from #Newport Beach, CA to the #STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.
KB is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters -- Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.
Kobe has recently been spotted out at NBA games with his daughter #Gianna -- a rising star basketball player herself. Their youngest daughter, #Capri, was just born in June 2019.
#Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest #NBA players of all time -- making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league #MVP in '08.
The #Lakers famously retired both of Kobe's jerseys, number 8 and 24 ... the only player in team history to receive that honor.
Kobe's accomplishments stand far outside of the basketball world. He won an #Oscar for his short film, "Dear Basketball," in 2018.
He was 41 years old. #RIP
Taken the day I flew from Sorrento to Capri in this helicopter that picked up the Bryant Family. He was humble , chatty and very friendly. Such a loss. #rip #kobe #capri