Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky.
The crash occurred at 10 a.m. amid foggy conditions in Calabasas hills, with the chopper sparking a brush fire on the impact that hampered initial rescue efforts.
There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash is under investigation. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper, according to reports.
Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also among those killed. Bryant starred for two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 5 championships and making 18 All-Star Games before hanging up his basketball shoes in 2016.
The stunning death of the sweet-shooting guard came just hours after he toasted fellow NBA icon and current Laker LeBron James for passing him for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list.