Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and seven others have died in a helicopter crash in the US.
The helicopter came down at around 10am this morning (25 January 2020) in Calabasas US and on impact with the ground blew up leaving no survivors.
Bryant was a fan of using helicopters to games.
An investigation is underway by the NTSB (National Transport Safety Board) in the US to find out the reasons why the helicopter came down, eye witnesses have claimed they heard like a spluttering sound.
Bryant was a legend in the NBA (National Basketball Association) playing for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016 and won 5 titles with them and many other NBA awards during his time playing basketball.
The 6ft 6ins super star basketball player married when he was 17 to a woman called Vanessa and they had three children sadly his daughter died with Kobe in the crash
Manchester City was listed as one of his favourite football teams on Wikipedia.
Lots of tributes have come in on social media:
Shaq O’Neil said:
“There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through with this tragedy of losing my neice Gigi and my brother @kobebryant I love U and U will be missed.
“Condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board.”
He went on to say in capital letters “I’m sick right now”
Thousands of fans are currently gathering in downtown Los Angeles and is being shown live on ABC News Channel: