TMZ Sports has reported and confirmed Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA Sunday morning. He was 41 years old. His personal helicopter crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas. There have been 9 fatalities reported. Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board according to early reports. News media has reported that Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash. She was 13.
The helicopter he is know to have owned is the Sikorsky S-76 chopper (similar to one pictured here).