Former NBA star Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in southern California.
The 41-year-old is reported to have been travelling with at least three others, with LA County Sheriffs Department confirming that nobody has survived.
NBC also reported that there were five people on board.
A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Emergency services attended the scene and put out the fire.
The Los Angeles Lakers star won five championships with the team, often being compared to Michael Jordan.
Bryant is survived by wife, Vanessa, and four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and Capri, with his youngest born in June 2019.
The tragic news comes only hours after he toasted fellow NBA icon and current Laker LeBron James for passing him to third place on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Bryant was the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.
After leaving the sport, he went on to win an Oscar for the best short animated film in 2018. Dear Basketball is a five-minute long film based on a love letter to the sport that he wrote in 2015.
RIP Kobe Bryant