UPDATE: Kobe Bryant, 41 and daughter, 13, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on a hillside in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.
The report, initially made by TMZ said that Bryant was travelling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am when a fire broke out when sending the chopper spiralling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down.
It is unclear where the chopper departed from or where it was headed.
The Philadelphia native spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016.
He was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.