Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna killed in helicopter crash

The news of the passing away of the American basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant shook the world in the early hours of Monday as they were were tragically killed in a helicopter crash.

Bryant and Gianna were among the nine people-inlcuding the pilot- killed when a helicopter they were travelling in crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas, local media reported.

John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College, alongside wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, were also killed in the crash.

Alyssa was a teammate of Gianna’s. John, 56, and Keri are also parents to daughter Alexis Altobelli and son J.J. Altobelli, who works as a scout for the Red Sox.

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Bryant, 41, and his daughter were expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game scheduled for Sunday afternoon (local time), CNN reported.

41-year-old Bryant had won five National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in his 20-year-long career while playing for Los Angeles Lakers.

The news of Kobe Bryant’s death continues to shock not only the National Basketball Association but the sports world in general.

US President Donald Trump has reacted to Bryant’s death, calling it “terrible news”.

Former President Barack Obama mourned Bryant’s death, describing him as a “legend on the court”.

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day,” Obama tweeted.

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