Several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, is reporting that retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, along with four others died in a helicopter crash.
It is being said the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas in Los Angeles, CA.
The crash is said to have occurred shortly before 10:00 am PT near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road.
Also according several reports, sources said the helicopter took off from Orange County, where Bryant lived.
He played his entire 20-year career in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships.
Bryant was 41 years old, and leaves behind a wife and five children.
Several within the wrestling industry took to social media took express their sadness and shock of Kobe Bryant’s passing (view below).
On behalf of the staff of Wrestleview, we would like to send our sincerest condolences to the family of Kobe Bryant during this difficult time.
This is wild.. RIP Kobe 🙏🏻 https://t.co/RsIsievLfr
— SARAYA (@RealPaigeWWE) January 26, 2020
What terrible, tragic & shocking news about the passing of the legendary Kobe Bryant. My thoughts & condolences go out to his family.
Rest In Peace, Kobe.
— Matt Hardy in LIMBO (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 26, 2020
Life is so precious, man. Take the time to tell your loved ones you love them. Give them a hug, a kiss, be present. Enjoy the crap out of them.
— Miracle (@RealMikeBennett) January 26, 2020
Heartbreaking 🙏🏽❤️ #RIPKobe
— The Virtuosa (@DeonnaPurrazzo) January 26, 2020
The World of Sports and Entertainment Lost A Legendary Man, Father, Husband, Son, Businessman and Philanthropist. Words cannot Undo this tragedy🙏🏿
To the Family, Friends and Fans of Kobe Bryant Please know that He will ALWAYS BE WITH US!!
— Titus O'Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) January 26, 2020
We always think we have so much time. The news about #KobeBryant is a sad reminder of how precious yet small our time here is. Condolences to his fans, friends and family.
Tell everyone in your life that you care for that you love them.
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) January 26, 2020
Grew up a Lakers fan. Everyday is a gift that we get to live and in complete shock of this news. Positive thoughts and prayers to @kobebryant family and friends. 🙏
— The Big Guy (@Ryback) January 26, 2020
I’m just numb. In shock. Most of all devastated and sad beyond words. Kobe Bryant was an absolute legend in the NBA, an icon, a hero to SoCal and millions around the world but most importantly a husband and father. This is utterly crushing. 😥
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) January 26, 2020
You can work decades being the best, building your empire, and just like that – it’s over. We spend much of our lives working and preparing for the future and a “someday” that sadly isn’t always guaranteed. Live and love like nothing beyond this very moment is a given. #RIPKobe
— Austin Aries (@AustinAries) January 26, 2020
Heartbreaking. 💔 My heart goes out to his family, friends, supporters and all those whose lives he touched. https://t.co/K3ByMgbUWY
— Kacy Catanzaro (@KacyCatanzaro) January 26, 2020
Just awful news. So sad to hear about Kobe Bryant’s death today. RIP legend-I watched so many of his games I feel like I knew him. pic.twitter.com/cL3ollWUTS
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) January 26, 2020