Nine dead in helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter

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(WDBJ7)-- Sports legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California.

ESPN reports Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also has died in the crash. Senior ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski adds sources say Bryant and his daughter were traveling to her travel basketball game along with another player and their parent.

All nine people aboard the helicopter died in the crash that occurred around 10 a.m. in a remote field off Las Virgenes. No injuries to anyone on the ground were reported.

Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash, reports say

Variety reports that officials have confirmed Bryant was a passenger aboard the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, a Los Angeles County suburb. TMZ first reported the news of Bryant being on-board. The City of Calabasas has also made an official report regarding the crash.

A Southern California community college baseball coach, John Altobelli, his wife Keri and his daughter, Alyssa - who was about 13 and played on the same basketball team as Bryant’s daughter - also died in the crash.

The younger brother of Altobelli confirmed the deaths as relatives, friends and players gathered at the school’s baseball field Sunday afternoon. Flowers and baseball caps were placed on home plate.

Bryant was active as of 10:39 p.m. ET on Saturday night on social media, congratulating LeBron James on Twitter during the Lakers 108-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, for passing him for third all-time on the NBA's scoring leaders list.

Kobe Bryant’s sudden death in helicopter crash shocks fans, athletes around the world

Bryant was 41 years old and played all 20 years of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Mavericks - longtime opponents of Kobe Bryant's in NBA's Western Conference - will retire his number, 24. Team owner, Mark Cuban, released a statement Sunday announcing the unprecedented honor.

Associated Press crash scene pictures can be seen below.

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Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)