It's a sad day for basketball fans all over the world.
NBA player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant have been confirmed to be among the passengers that passed away in a helicopter that went down in Calabasas, California, on the morning of January 26. He was 41.
The basketball legend and Gianna were on their way to a basketball game on his private chopper with seven other passengers when a fire reportedly broke out. No one survived the crash. Aside from Gianna, Kobe also has three other children with his wife Vanessa: Natalia, 17; Bianka, three; and Capri Kobe Bryant, born in June 2019.
"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," shared NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a statement.
"For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.
"We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world."
Celebrities have taken to social media to share just how shocked and heartbroken they are with the news.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family.