california sources stated that the basketball icon of US National basketball Association-Kobe Bryant along with his 13 year old daughter died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Meanwhile the five-time NBA champion who left a legacy that spanned 20 years in professional sports and a growing second career as an investor was travelling in a helicopter along with his daughter and seven others and the chopper slammed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
Furthermore according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Bryant and other passengers were traveling in a Sikorsky S-76B, a popular helicopter for commercial purposes that has been used for decades. The helicopter identified by flight-tracking website Flightradar24 is owned by Island Express Holding Corp. in Van Nuys, california, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
He was 41. Also among the victims were his 13 year old daughter, Gianna, another parent and a teammate from Gianna’s travel sports team. Los Angeles Mayor Mayor Eric Garcetti said “The NBA family is devastated,” NBA Commissioner Adam silver said in a statement. And in a sign that Bryant’s impact went deep into the city where he made his career, he “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes.” Moreover flight radar 24 said preliminary data indicated the helicopter had taken off from john Wayne airport in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles, at 9:06 a.m. local time. It flew over Los Angeles and Glendale, then over the San Fernando Valley before turning toward the rugged Santa monica Mountains near Malibu.