Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed and disintegrated on this hillside in Calabasas outside Los Angeles.

Witnesses said: There was heavy fog and poor visibility in the area at the time of the accident resident Paula Dolan heard multiple explosions before the helicopter went down.

I heard one bang when it was in the air and then a second air second bang as it was descending and then I heard a huge crash.

Onboard with a 41-year-old retired superstar and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna as well as seven others including the pilot police have not released their names.

ALEX VILLANUEVA

(LA COUNTRY SHERIFF)

He Said: There is wide speculation and who the identities are however it is being entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made the identification through their very deliberative profits and they’ve made notifications to the next of kin the cause.

Of the crash is unknown the helicopter Sikorsky 76 B has a robust safety record federal crash investigators will search the wreckage and more

JENNIFER HOMENDY

(NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD)

She Said: Our team will be looking at the history of the pilot and whatever crew was on board we’ll be looking at maintenance records of the helicopter.

Brian’s prowess thrilled fans in LA and beyond for two decades a crowd has gathered here below the crash site many people are wearing Lakers colors purple and gold some people say it’s as if a piece of their lives have been ripped apart.

Kobe Bryant’s Fan Said: He meant more than you could imagine and you could put it in words just the passion and the grit in the sweat and blood that he’s given to Los Angeles for the basketball family is I can say beyond words.

Kobe Bryant’s Fan Said: He was an idol everyone loved him it lays very sad right now he is just he was a great player that’s the reason why I got into a school because of him that’s why I have his jersey.

Kobe Bryant’s Fan Said: it’s still unbelievable for me to say that Kobe Bryant is not here with us anymore it’s just tragedy it’s just um it. I have no words honestly.

DONALD TRUMP

(PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

 

Tweeted Bryant was one of the truly great basketball players of all time the loss of his beautiful daughter Gianna makes this moment even more devastating.

BARACK OBAMA

(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

 

President Barack Obama an avid basketball fan said Kobe was a legend on the court and was just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act amid an outpouring of sorrow from players from across the spectrum of sports players from the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets held a moment of silence before their game on Sunday players looked down shaking their heads.

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