The sporting world, the international community, and a family lose a legend in an untimely helicopter crash in California.

Kobe and GiGi Bryant attend a basketball game together. | Paul Bereswill – Getty Images

Former NBA player and lifetime Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bean Bryant was involved in a helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon in Calabasas, California; there were no survivors from the crash. Though reports are still coming out as to who the others onboard with Bryant might have been, TMZ has confirmed that both Bryant and one of his daughters, Gianna, were passengers in the crash. Bryant was 41; Gianna was only 13.

According to reports, Bryant commonly traveled by helicopter and was en-route with Gianna for a basketball practice at Kobe’s Mamba Academy when the crash occurred.

A legend in the National Basketball Association and likely a unanimous NBA Hall of Famer in the years to come, Kobe Bryant spent his entire 20-year professional career with the Lakers, after being drafted by them in the first round in 1996. His tenure is storied, with 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, and one NBA regular season MVP award – and gold medals with the Team USA Olympic Basketball Teams in 2008 and 2012 – among his many accolades. He formally retired from the league at the end of the 2015-2016 season, scoring 60 points in his final game against the Utah Jazz.

After basketball, Kobe committed to philanthropy but remained connected to the game of basketball in various ways. Many will remember, for example, The Black Mamba becoming a much more active Twitter user following his retirement, and his collaboration with ESPN, the “Detail” series, which had Kobe providing commentary and insight on select players. Retirement also allowed Kobe to focus more on his family, as well. His wife of nearly 19 years, Vanessa, just recently had their fourth daughter, Capri Kobe, last year.

Gianna – known by many as “GiGi” – had taken after her father and was developing into a strong basketball player of her own. Kobe and Gianna could commonly be seen together courtside at professional games as well.

Bryant is survived by Vanessa and their other daughters, Capri, Bianka Bella, and Natalia Diamante. May both Kobe and GiGi, as well as the others who met their untimely demise in the crash, rest in power.

Update: (1/31/2020) Upon further investigation, the remaining individuals on board – including the pilot – were identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner on Wednesday, January 29th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.