Update #3, 5:39 pm: In a press conference about the helicopter crash, Alex Villanueva of the LA County sheriff’s department said that there were nine individuals on board, not five as previously reported.
Update #2, 3:59 pm: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that Kobe and Gianna Bryant were heading to a travel basketball game, along with another parent and player.
Update #1, 3:46 pm: TMZ is now reporting that Gianna Bryant was on board.
A report out of TMZ claims that Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash. The TMZ account states that the future Hall of Famer died in the crash, along with everybody else on board, early Sunday morning.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports writes that Los Angeles authorities are confirming the crash that reportedly had Bryant on board. The LA County Sheriff’s verified Twitter account details a crash with five people confirmed deceased but does not name any passengers.
There was initial speculation that Bryant’s daughters may have been on board but that has been neither confirmed nor denied (Edit: As outlined above, Gianna Bryant is confirmed to have been on board). It has been confirmed that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not on board.
NBA games scheduled for today, at this stage, have not been cancelled.
The helicopter had been travelling through dense fog in Calabasas. The crash itself triggered a brush fire.