.Bryant: an icon dies so soon. –
NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his oldest daughter, Gianna, were reported killed in a fiery helicopter crash in California on Sunday.
TMZ was the first to confirm that the 41-year-old and his daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the private helicopter went down at around 10 a.m. PST.
The website later reported that 13-year-old Gianna did not survive the crash.
Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Kerry, and their daughter Alyssa were also among the nine people killed in the crash, officials said.
Another victim was Christina Mauser, Bryant’s assistant coach in youth basketball.
As news of the tragic accident emerged, the sports world and beyond memorialized the basketball legend on Twitter.
President Trump called the reports of Bryant’s death “terrible news.”
A “shocked” Michael Jordan lamented the passing of his “little brother” and the “amazing dad.”
Former teammate and Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal was “sick” and speechless over the loss of his “niece” and “brother.”
Former US President Barack Obama mourned the “heartbreaking” loss of the NBA great and his teenage daughter.
Kobe’s mom Pamela Bryant answered her door in Las Vegas in tears and said she was too upset to comment.
When asked if she had anything to say, she said: “Not right now.”
She then confirmed she was “Kobe’s mom”.