(CALABASAS, CA) – The 41-year-old retired NBA star and his 13-year-old daughter are among 9 people that died tragically today in a helicopter crash.
His daughter, Gianna, 13, was with him and died during the crash.
The pilot as among the nine people that died in the crash. Authorities have declined to identify the victims pending identification by the coroner and the next of kin notifications.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said it has a team headed to California on Sunday evening to handle the matter.
Los Angeles County fire chief indicated that the location where the helicopter crashed was difficult to access, which had firefighters hiking to get to the location.
As of the time of this article being published, it is not clear if the helicopter was approved to transport nine people or whether or not it was overloaded. Officials have declined to specify where the helicopter was headed.
The NBA sent a confirmation of Byant’s and Gianna’s death league-wide on Sunday afternoon. Below is a video of the crash scene.