NEWS ALERT | Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Gianna, 13, Dies Alongside Father in Calabasas Helicopter Crass
The NBA legend and his daughter were both onboard the private helicopter
Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna also died in the Calabasas helicopter crash the killed their father.
Braynt’s 13-year-old daughter, nicknamed Gigi, was also onboard the private helicopter when it went down on Sunday, reps for the former basketball player told TMZ Sports.
Emergency personnel responded but no one on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead. TMZ reported. The outlet said that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant – with whom he shares all four children – was not onboard.
Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka,3, and Capri, 7 months.
Spokespersons for LA county sheriff’s office and LAPD did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Earlier this month, the former NBA star – when retired in 2016 – revealed that he had recently watching basketball all the time because of his 13-year-old daughter.
“Begore Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night”, Kobe told former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the Showtime Basketball podcast All the Smoke.
Kobe and his daughter also attended several Lakers games before the start of the new year, marking the first time he had been to a game his jersey was retired in 2017.
“We just had so much fun because it was the first time I was seeing the game through her eyes”, the five-time NBA champion said of sharing the experience with his daughter.
“It wasn’t me sitting here, you know, as an athlete or a player or something like that, and you know it’s like about me, and I don’t like that”, he added. “It was her, she was having such a good time”.
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