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.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
via: Getty ImagesHe 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.
Kobe is also made a name for himself off the court.
But there's no denying he was a family man at heart.
But yesterday, the world woke to tragic news.
via: Getty ImagesIt 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:
via: Getty Images"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...
via: Getty ImagesBut tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.
During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.
This is utterly devastating news...
Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.
via: Getty ImagesTMZ 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.
Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy.
.@LACOFD helicopter over the scene . As air ops quickly told me it is a fire not sheriffs chopper hovering and now… https://t.co/I5VE1IaTao— Richard Winton (@Richard Winton)1580066118.0
The identities of other passengers have now been revealed.
Rest in peace Kobe, Gianna and the reat of passengers of fatal crash 💔 #RIPMamba https://t.co/00I5Oo0GsG— Hermaine M (@Hermaine M)1580105304.0
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.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To… https://t.co/YlRRr9ng7Q— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1580075776.0
The world has been utterly shaken by the news.
sadly,i never personally knew u,but knowing i’m capable of these emotions for someone i only knew from a far makes… https://t.co/q3VkB6qa4K— Kendall (@Kendall)1580079143.0
But there is one tribute that has really struck a chord with fans.
via: Getty ImagesMichael 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."
via: Getty Images"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.
via: Getty ImagesBut 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.
Tyson Chandler clearly heartbroken. Not sure how these players are able to focus on the game. #Rockets https://t.co/QlO0ByjsEI— Alykhan Bijani (@Alykhan Bijani)1580071665.0