Unfortunately, this story continues to get worse.
Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna was also allegedly on board the helicopter that crashed and killed the NBA legend in California on Sunday. As confusion and misinformation about the crash flurried, TMZ reported at 12:35 p.m. PT that the 13-year-old was among the five victims in the accident. The news was apparently confirmed by Bryant’s representative.
“Kobe’s daughter Gianna Maria Onore — aka GiGi — was also on board the helicopter and died in the crash … reps for Kobe tell TMZ Sports. She was 13,” the outlet’s report reads. “We’re told they were on their way to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The Academy is in nearby Thousand Oaks.”
Speculation ran rampant on social media that Bryant’s three other daughters were also on board the aircraft at the time of its crash, but there are absolutely no credible reports saying that as of press time. Currently, Bryant and Gianna are the only identified victims of the accident.
This story is continuing to develop. A press conference is expected to take place soon.