Yesterday, the world was left devastated by the heartbreaking news that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, 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. Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter with her father and died in the crash. However, as of today, all 9 victims have been named.

The world of basketball, in particular, has been shaken by the news. But it seems the NBA how now come under fire.

This story is developing. Keep scrolling for everything we know so far.

Kobe Bryant was a legend in the world of basketball.

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The former pro basketball player won 5 NBA titles throughout his 2-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers, cementing him as one of the greatest players of all time.

The sporting sensation joined the NBA straight out of high school.

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He was then elected by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Ultimately, he was then traded to the Lakers, in a move that truly kick-started his iconic career.

At age thirty-four, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.

On April 13, 2016, Kobe played his final game where he wowed the sold-out crowd, scoring a huge sixty points - the sixth sixty-point game of his career.

Kobe is also made a name for himself off the court.

The basketball star won an Oscar for his short film, "Dear Basketball," in 2018.

But there's no denying he was a family man at heart.

The star shared 4 children with his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant. The pair wed in April 2001.

But yesterday, the world woke to tragic news.

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It had been confirmed that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirmed.

Shortly after the news broke, The city of Calabasas released a statement:

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"With great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash." "The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10am this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. However, we have now learnt that 9 individuals were killed, not 4.

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

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

During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.

And there were 9 bodies found at the scene. 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 Bianca, 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 thirteen, 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.

Gianna was also a promising basketball star.

And she was set to follow in her father's footsteps - on track to play in the female NBA.

Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy.

The clip, uploaded to Twitter, shows smoke emerging from the crash site as emergency services respond to the devastating incident.

The identities of other passengers have now been revealed.

While police have not officially released the names of the people on board, family members of the victims have confirmed their loved ones' deaths.

One of the victims was Gianna's fellow teammate.

Alyssa Altobelli played on the same team as Kobe's teenage daughter.

Alyssa's father, John Altobelli and his wife, Keri, also died in the crash.

John was an Orange Coast College baseball coach. Alyssa's brother, Tony Altobelli, confirmed the devasting news.

Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Gianna's school, was also on board, her husband wrote on Facebook.

"My kids and I are devastated," he wrote. "We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much."

Sarah Chester and her teenage daughter, Payton also passed away.

Todd Schmidt, school principal at Harbor View Elementary, paid tribute to the pair, describing them as "two gorgeous human beings."

The pilot, Ara Zobayan was also killed.

Ara was the final victim to be named.

Tributes have been pouring in.

Celebrities all over the world have been reacting to the heartbreaking news.

The world has been utterly shaken by the news.

And Twitter is filled with tributes to the star.

But there is one tribute that has really struck a chord with fans.

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Michael Jordan paid tribute to his "little brother" in the wake of his sudden passing. Jordan, who is widely known as the greatest basketball player of all time, penned a heartbreaking tribute to Kobe.

"Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling."

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"I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. "He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball," he continued. "Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world."

The basketball world has been left in mourning of the star.

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But it seems that the NBA has come under fire for opting to go ahead with its scheduled games.

Several clips emerged of basketball players visibly devastated by the news.

And they were arguably not in a fit state to be going out on the court.

One player who was extremely distressed by the news was Houston Rockets’ Tyson Chandler.

Someone tweeted a clip of the player along with the caption: "Tyson Chandler clearly heartbroken. Not sure how these players are able to focus on the game."

LA Clippers basketball coach, Doc Rivers, was also visibly upset.

In a pre-game interview, the fifty-eight-year-old can be seen choking up when talking about having to tell the team about Bryant’s passing.
"This is just shocking news for all of us – sorry I don’t have a lot of say… I just can’t. I have to go talk to a team and tell them to play a game."

Some argued that Kobe wouldn't have wanted all of the games to be canceled...

But the fact remains that many of players were not in the right mindset to be playing.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

We'll bring you more details as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Kobe and Gianna's family as well as all of the families of the 7 other victims.