- Publish Date
- Monday, 27 January 2020, 9:32AM
The sports world is in mourning as it understands NBA legend Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash earlier this morning.
Police have confirmed a helicopter crash in Calabasas and say there are five people confirmed dead.
ABC News and TMZ confirmed that Bryant - one of the biggest names in the sporting world - is among those killed in the crash.
TMZ reported a fire broke out on board the helicopter, causing the tragic accident.
Bryant, 41, was one of the most recognisable sport faces on the planet after his stellar 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tributes have been flowing in as news circulates the globe, including super model Gigi Hadid, who shared a photo from her 11th birthday party, which seemed to be Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers themed.
The 18-time NBA All-Star spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships.
Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their four daughters - Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and newborn Capri.