Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California and his daughter Gigi was on board. Five people were on board the helicopter went down near Calabasas. Bryant’s wife Vanessa was reportedly not on the helicopter.
TMZ –– 12:35 PM PT — Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13.
We’re told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.
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 the daughters — Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.