I am in total shock and disbelief as I report NBA legend Kobe Bryant was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday.
He was 41.
TMZ broke the story and social media is in shambles in reaction to the news.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the crash via Twitter stating there were five fatalities.
The Los Angeles Times reported the following details concerning the crash:
A helicopter crashed and burst into flames Sunday morning amid foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, with multiple fatalities reported.
The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road, according to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The crash ignited a brush fire and made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, he said. Sources at the scene said they believed there were multiple fatalities, but the exact number was unclear.
The heartbreaking news comes just hours after Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to congratulate LeBron James on breaking his record.
This story is developing…please send up a prayer for the Bryant family and all who loved him.
RUMOR CONTROL: Rick Fox was NOT on the helicopter despite online rumors.