Kobe Bryant, his daughter, former UH baseball captain among 9 dead in a helicopter crash


LOS ANGELES – NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on a remote, steep hillside in Southern California on Sunday, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.

The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities said that nine people died, with no survivors, after earlier putting the death toll at five. Bryant, an all-time basketball great who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was among the victims, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

A different person familiar with the case confirmed that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was killed.

Former University of Houston baseball player John Altobelli was also killed in the helicopter crash, according to The Orange County Register. He played for Cougars in 1984-85 and served as an assistant coach in 1987. Altobelli was baseball coach at Orange County Community college.

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