Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was among nine killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California this morning, ESPN reported. He was 41.
ESPN also reported that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant was one of the passengers who died in the crash as well.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the crash happened shortly before 10 a.m.
Bryant spent 20 years playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and retired in 2016.
The last time Bryant and the Lakers came to Hawai'i was for their training camp in 2015.
UH Athletics released a statement about his death earlier today as well.
The National Basketball Players Association released this statement: "We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball. This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family."
Fans have gathered outside Staples Center to remember Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/u5FhPkCz0q— ESPN (@espn) January 26, 2020
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
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