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Jul 27, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kobe Bryant is pictured with his daughter Gianna at the WNBA All Star Game at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash, multiple media outlets reported Sunday afternoon.

The helicopter crash, which occurred on a hillside in Calabasas, northwest of downtown Los Angeles, also took the life of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna, ESPN reported. Bryant frequently uses a helicopter for travel, and was on his way to travel basketball game for Gianna, according to ESPN. There were reportedly no survivors from the crash, and the Los Angeles County sheriff said there were nine people in the helicopter, which was owned by Bryant.

TMZ first reported Bryant's passing.

Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said nobody survived the crash into a hill in Calabasas. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said nine people were on the helicopter — a pilot and eight passengers.

Villanueva declined to release identities, saying "it would be entirely inappropriate right now" before coroners go through their process.

The news comes a day after the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James passed Bryant for the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Bryant, 41, won five NBA championships with the Lakers and was an 18-time all-star in his 20 NBA seasons. Both of his jersey numbers, No. 8 and No. 24, are retired by the Lakers. He scored 33,643 points in the NBA, was a league MVP and won two NBA Finals MVP awards. He also won two Olympic gold medals.

Among his career accomplishments was an 81-point outing against the Raptors, the second-highest total scored in an NBA game. He scored 60 points in his final NBA game, a win over the Jazz, in 2016.

Bryant and his wife Vanessa have four daughters.

After his basketball career, won an Academy Award in 2018 for the animated short, "Dear Basketball." He also created a children's book series that became a New York Times best seller.

"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said 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."

Former president Barack Obama was among the hundreds of people weighing in on the tragedy.

"Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act," Obama said on Twitter. "To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day."

There were multiple reports that Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and his daughter were also on the helicopter. Altobelli was entering his 24th season as the community college's baseball coach.

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