Kobe Bryant

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." 

This story will be updated.