Joining the media, his former NBA team, Lose Angeles Lakers, also confirmed the report.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they will investigate the tragic accident.
“A S-76 helicopter crashed this morning under unknown circumstances near Calabasas, Calif. Local authorities say that five people were on board. Please check with local authorities for more information on the condition of the occupants,” the FAA said in its statement.
PUBLIC REACTION FROM NBA STARS AND OTHERS
The sudden death of NBA Star Kobe Bryant has shocked the world, many NBA stars and general public have rushed to social media to mourn the Star.
“I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.” Said six-time NBA champion, Scottie Pippen,
“Can’t be true. Just can’t be. Truly truly horrific. Rest In Peace Kobe.” Said Houston Texans #99 JJ Watt.
Celtics legend Paul Pierce
NBA player Bradley Beal
NBA player Dwyane Wade
NBA player Vince Carter
Mavericks star Luka Doncic
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
NBA player Tobias Harris
Patriots running back James White
Cavaliers player John Henson
Patriots running back Sony Michel
49ers corner back Richard Sherman
NBA analyst Jay Bilas
This is not real right now
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 26, 2020