Kobe Bryant Has Died At The Age Of 41

UPDATE: Yesterday’s (January 26) helicopter crash took the lives of nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria “Gigi” Onore. Seven other passengers have been confirmed to have died in the accident.

Onore’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester were also in the crash, as well as respective parents John and Keri Altobelli along with Sarah Chester. Pilot Ara Zobayan and basketball coach Christina Mauser were also in the fatal accident.

Fog is believed to have played a role in the crash, due to inclement weather. The flight was en route to the Mamba Sports Academy facility in Thousand Oaks, California, for the girls’ basketball game at the time. A 911 emergency call that witnessed the crash was recorded approximately 40 minutes after the copter left John Wayne Regional Airport.

ORIGINAL JANUARY 26 STORY: According to reports, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash, at the age of 41. Bryant was reportedly on his private helicopter with at least 3 other people when a fire broke out on the chopper, causing it to crash. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was also on board and died in the crash.

The story was broken by TMZ Sports earlier today (January 26). Bryant was flying over the area of Calabasas in California, when the crash occurred. According to TMZ, Bryant’s wife Vanessa was not among the passengers onboard.

Just last night, LeBron James passed Bryant to become third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Some of Kobe’s last public words were congratulating LeBron on the achievement, saying, “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother.”

Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa, and three daughters — Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri. This is a developing story. Ambrosia For Heads extends its deepest condolences to the Bryant family.