Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist was 41.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that an S-76 helicopter crashed into a hillside Sunday morning near Calabasas, Calif, roughly 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, with five passengers confirmed dead, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. Gianna Bryant, the former player’s eldest daughter, was one of the passengers. She was 13.
“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary. … He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”