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Old 01-26-2020, 09:55 PM   #1
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Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, among 9 killed in a helicopter crash in California

This is the real shocker, RIP Kobe.

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Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, among 9 killed in a helicopter crash in California

(CNN)Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters were among nine people killed Sunday morning when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, sources and officials said.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant had been expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game scheduled for Sunday. Gianna was expected to play in the game and Bryant was expected to coach, according to Lady Mavericks team director Evelyn Morales.

The helicopter crash, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, caused a brush fire, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said. The crash killed all nine people aboard, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Earlier, the sheriff's department said five people were killed in the crash. Officials have not identified the victims.

Tony Altobelli told CNN his brother, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; John's daughter Alyssa and wife Keri were killed in the crash. Altobelli was a former assistant baseball coach at the University of Houston, the school said.

Alyssa and and Gianna were teammates, Tony Altobelli said.

LA County Fire Department Capt. Tony Imbrenda said he didn't immediately have any information about whether the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter radioed a distress signal.

"Individuals that saw the aircraft said it was coming down at a fairly significant rate of speed and impacted the ground on the hillside," he told reporters.
Imbrenda said he didn't know where the helicopter took off from or where it was headed.

The helicopter was built in 1991, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. It was registered to Island Express Holding Corp, according to a FAA registry database.

Calls to Island Express were not answered Sunday. The company is based in Fillmore, according to the California Secretary of State database.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, the FAA said in a tweet. An NTSB team is expected to arrive in Calabasas on Sunday evening, the NTSB said in a tweet.

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Mourning Kobe

Everyone from current and former NBA players to former President Barack Obama mourned Bryant's death.

NBA clippers coach Doc Rivers, who has known Bryant for many years, was emotional when discussing his death. "He means a lot to me, obviously. He was such a great opponent. ... It's what you want in sports," Rivers said.

Rivers said Bryant "had that DNA that very few athletes can ever have. The Tiger Woods and Michael Jordans."



Former Los Angeles Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has known Bryant since he was a boy, said Bryant was an athlete and leader who inspired generations of young athletes.

"He was one of the first ones to leave high school and come to the NBA and do so well, dominating the game and becoming one of the best scorers that the Los Angeles Lakers has ever seen," Abdul-Jabbar said in a video posted online.

"Rest in peace, young man, Abdul-Jabbar said. "This loss, it's just hard to comprehend."




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