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The retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday.
Bryant was among the many passengers touring onboard the helicopter. 9 people died within the crash, together with the pilot, stated Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, during a news conference.
The authorities declined to determine the victims pending identification by the coroner and notification of their members of the family.
“It would be extremely disrespectful to understand your loved one has perished and you learn about it from TMZ,” Villanueva stated. “That’s just wholly inappropriate so we aren’t going to be going there. We are going to wait until the coroner does their job.”
The National Transportation Security Board stated it despatched a staff to California on Sunday night.
Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County fire chief, stated the crash site was tough to entry and that firefighters needed to hike to the area.
It was not instantly clear what number of passengers the helicopter was authorised to move, and fire officers stated it was not instantly clear whether or not the helicopter was overloaded. They declined to specify the helicopter’s destination.
The N.B.A. despatched a confirmation of Bryant’s and Gianna’s deaths to all groups and league staff Sunday afternoon, in line with two people aware of the document.
© New York Times