Haunting Final Images of Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna Emerge | 22 Words

Breaking news is just in that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. He was just forty-one-years-old.

The star was known for being one of the greatest players of all time, with a career with the Lakers spanning 2 decades.

It appears Bryant's daughter, Gianna was also on board the helicopter with her father, and has died in the crash. The father-daughter duo was attending a mamba academy tournament together only a day before.

Scroll on to see the shocking video.

 

It has been confirmed that Kobe Bryant has tragically died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning.

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The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirms.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

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But tragically, this morning, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.

9 other people were on board the private helicopter.

But when emergency services responded to the incident, 5 passengers were confirmed dead. Reports have also confirmed that his wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not among those on board.

This is utterly devastating news...

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters - Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.

Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

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TMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged 13, has tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

Even more tragically, Kobe and Gianna were pictured together just a day before the crash. Their final moments between together really show the true bond between father and daughter.

The two were at the Mamba Cup Tournament Series just a day before.

Kobe was shown beaming with pride, watching his daughter Gianna play at the Mamba Cup Tournament.

This was the route the helicopter took.

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The former Lakers basketball star was just 41. His daughter and seven others were killed when his private Sikorsky S-76 crashed into a hillside in Calabasas.

Among those killed in the crash was John Altobelli.

via: Orange Coast Community College

He was a baseball coach at Orange County College and a friend of the Bryant family.

His wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were also killed in the crash.

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As well as the girls' basketball coach, Christina Mauser.

The Altobelli family leaves behind a son and daughter.

Their second daughter Alexis and son JJ have been left shattered.

They were heading to Mamba academy.

Gianna and Alyssa were meant to play on the second day of the youth tournament which Bryant founded.

Bryant coached Gianna's team.

All the games were canceled after news of the crash went public.

Gianna had a promising youth career.

Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, had 4 daughters. He had always been supportive of women's sports, and since his retirement, he coached and mentored players around the world.

The Mamba Cup Tournament.

The Mamba Cup Tournament was developed by Kobe Bryant. It adds: "The Black Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant, has long wanted to develop a league concept for high-level youth basketball teams in Grades 2-8."

"Thus, the Mamba Cup Tournament Series has been designed to capture the benefits of league play while still honoring the tournament culture established by those who have built youth basketball to where it is today."

The images were taken a day before their deaths.

The NBA star is seen talking to Gianna and her teammates while taking some time to dribble the ball between games.

Bryant had been spending more time with his daughters since retiring.

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The Bryants' first daughter, Natalia, turned 17 a week ago followed by Bianka Bella Bryant who is 3 years old. Kobe's youngest Capri Kobe Bryant was born last June.

A group of mountain bikers found the helicopter.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

The helicopter flew through thick fog.

The helicopter appeared to have trouble over LA Zoo where it circled at a low altitude. The air traffic control audio was recorded and suggests the conditions worsened just before the crash.

The video is shocking.

A flight plan indicated the helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9.06 am. The last signal was received from the aircraft at 9.45 am. It was expected to land at San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte. Sadly, the helicopter didn't make it to the airport. Our hearts are with all those affected.