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USA: LA County Sheriff says nine people killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash04:08

USA: LA County Sheriff says nine people killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

United States, Calabasas
January 27, 2020 at 04:05 GMT -00:00 · Published

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said authorities believed nine people were killed in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Reports in the US media suggested that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among the victim.

"There is wide speculation of who the identities are. However, it would be entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made the identification through their very deliberative process and they’ve made notifications to the next of kin. And it would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one has perished and that you learn about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate so we’re not going to be going there. We’re going to wait until the coroners' office does their job and we’re assisting the families of those who believe they had been impacted. And it's a tough process," said Villaneuva.

Bryant, 41, was reportedly travelling in a private helicopter on route to a special basketball practice at the Mamba Academy when the aircraft came down and burst into flames.

The player won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers for whom he played his entire 20-year career before retiring in 2016 as the NBA’s third-highest all-time scorer. He was named an All-Star on 18 occasions and won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

USA: LA County Sheriff says nine people killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash04:08
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said authorities believed nine people were killed in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Reports in the US media suggested that Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was among the victim.

"There is wide speculation of who the identities are. However, it would be entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made the identification through their very deliberative process and they’ve made notifications to the next of kin. And it would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one has perished and that you learn about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate so we’re not going to be going there. We’re going to wait until the coroners' office does their job and we’re assisting the families of those who believe they had been impacted. And it's a tough process," said Villaneuva.

Bryant, 41, was reportedly travelling in a private helicopter on route to a special basketball practice at the Mamba Academy when the aircraft came down and burst into flames.

The player won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers for whom he played his entire 20-year career before retiring in 2016 as the NBA’s third-highest all-time scorer. He was named an All-Star on 18 occasions and won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

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