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. Bryantโ€™s wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper, according to reports.
Bryantโ€™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 leagueโ€™s all-time scoring list.