Kobe Bryant among 9 dead in helicopter crash

The Lakers legend, 41, along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others died when their helicopter crashed in the hills of Calabasas on their way to a Mamba Sports Academy basketball game.
3:47 | 01/27/20

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have new reporting on that devastating crash. T.J. Holmes starts us off near the scene of the crash with the latest. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Robin, good morning, and there are a number of families in pain this morning after that crash here in this neighborhood, in the hills in this neighborhood behind me that killed nine people, but in particular, the loss of kobe Bryant is hitting the L.A. Community, the NBA community, the sports world and, in fact, people all over the world really, really hard. People are in disbelief that this global and cultural icon could be gone. Shock and heartache around the world at the news. Kobe Bryant, dead at 41 years old killed Sunday when the helicopter he was in crashed in the hills of calabasas, California. Also on board, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on their way to mamba sports academy in New York for Gianna's basketball game. This photo was taken at the gym where kids were awaiting kobe's kobe's helicopter took off from Orange county just after 9:00 A.M. For what was expected to be a short trip, but at 9:45 A.M., tragedy. The helicopter crashed into the foggy hills. Visibility, 2 1/2 miles with haze. Ceiling 1,100 overcast. Reporter: The LAPD grounded all police helicopters saying weather conditions did not meet the standard for flight, though it's unclear if it played any role in the crash. We are learning this morning there is an unusual rapid loss of altitude and increase in air speed seconds before the crash. The NTSB and the FBI are both at the crash site investigating. Kobe often used helicopters to get around L.A. Here he is in 2016 even regularly taking his own helicopter to home games during the NBA season. He loved being in that helicopter. He certainly was never really concerned about it. For him to be gone particularly through these means is incredibly tragic. Reporter: Just weeks ago, kobe and Gianna, known as Gigi were spotted having a father and daughter courtside moment that went viral. I love this. Reporter: Tributes continue to pour in for the man his fabs lovingly call the black mamba. At the buzzer. Reporter: Former teammate shaquille O'Neal tweeting, there's no words to express the pain I'm going through with this tragedy of losing my niece, Gigi, and my brother. I'm sick right now. And Magic Johnson called kobe the greatest laker of all-time. During Sunday's games, players paid tribute. Many of them holding back tears. The San Antonio spurs and the Toronto raptors among the teams who took a 20-second violation at the beginning of the game to honor kobe who famously wore number 24. The NFL pro bowl also turned into a tribute. One of the greatest to ever take the court, the proud father of four daughters transcended sports telling me he wanted a legacy beyond basketball. It's what we do. It's not who we are. We have all been something more outside of our craft, and we look forward to continuing to grow and continuing to evolve as well. Reporter: And no doubt weather will be apart of the investigation, and, in fact, in a lot of ways, guys, we saw so much of kobe Bryant we didn't lose him in the prime of his career, but to many people it feels like we lost him in the prime of his life. He had so many other adventures, we talked about the oscars and best-selling author, and it seemed like he was just getting started in a lot of ways. So many ways. We have seen tributes for

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