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US Here are the 9 victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash, including Kobe Bryant

11:25  28 january  2020
11:25  28 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

  Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash today . The Los Angeles Laker legend was 41. © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Bryant and at least three other individuals were reportedly in Bryant’s private helicopter when it went down in Calabasas, a suburb of Los Angeles located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley. Bryant reportedly has been long known for traveling frequently by helicopter to get around Southern California and avoid the traffic.

Here is what we know so far about those on board.When a helicopter crashed in the foggy hills of Southern California on Sunday with the basketball star Kobe of the lives that had also been cut short by the crash . The victims included a baseball coach, a pilot, and teenage girls and their parents.

When a helicopter crashed in the foggy hills of Southern California on Sunday with the basketball star Kobe Bryant on board, the tragedy inspired fans The victims included a baseball coach, a pilot, and teenage girls and their parents. Amid grief for one of the world’s best-known athletes, loved ones

As investigators look deeper into the helicopter crash that killed nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, in Calabasas, California on Sunday afternoon, the potential cause or causes of the crash remains unclear.

State and federal authorities hadn't identified any of the victims as of Monday afternoon, but eight of them were identified through official channels within 36 hours of the fatal crash. Family members and friends confirmed the identity of the remaining victim, the pilot, to multiple news outlets Monday.

Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas

  Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning, Yahoo Sports confirmed. TMZ first reported the news.© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash, per reports. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) Bryant played his entire 20-year career for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships. He was named Finals MVP twice and league MVP in 2008. Bryant was 41.#Update Downed aircraft is a helicopter. Flames extinguished. #Malibu deputies at crash site looking for survivors, 4200 blk Las Virgenes Rd #Calabasas#LASDpic.twitter.

Here are the 9 victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash , including Kobe Bryant . Joshua Bote Tom Schad. State and federal authorities hadn't identified any of the victims as of Monday afternoon, but six of them were identified through official channels within 24 hours of the fatal crash .

All nine victims of the deadly helicopter crash that took the lives of Lakers' basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been identified. The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas shortly before 10 a . m . Sunday. No one on board survived.

Here are the identities of the nine people who died in the crash in a suburb of Los Angeles on Sunday, and how they are being remembered.

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Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant

Kobe Bryant et al. sitting on a bench: Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California.© Ethan Miller, Getty Images Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California.

Bryant, 41, was aboard the helicopter with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna — a fledgling basketball talent in her own right.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend had shifted gears following his retirement from the NBA in 2016, turning his focus to creative endeavors outside of basketball while also operating a training center in California named the Mamba Sports Academy, where he trained Gianna's youth basketball team. Bryant and his daughter were on their way to a game Sunday when the helicopter crashed.

Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

  Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash today . The Los Angeles Laker legend was 41.© Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsTMZ Sports first reported the story, and ESPN followed with a report, citing an unnamed source.Bryant and at least three other individuals were reportedly in Bryant’s private helicopter when it went down in Calabasas, a suburb of Los Angeles located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley. Bryant reportedly has been long known for traveling frequently by helicopter to get around Southern California and avoid the traffic.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirms that nine people have been killed in a helicopter crash involving the basketball great Kobe Bryant .

Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday morning TMZ Sports has confirmed. Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years -- dating back to when

Gianna, known as "GiGi," was the second of Bryant's four daughters. She was a student at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Christina Mauser, another crash victim, was a coach.

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Bryant said in a 2018 interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that Gianna had aspirations of one day playing in the WNBA.

"The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me, she'll be standing next to me," Bryant said, "and they'll be like, 'Hey, you got to have a boy. You and (Vanessa) got to have a boy, man, you got to have somebody carry on your tradition, the legacy.'

"(Gianna's) like, 'Oi. I've got this. We don't need no boy for that.' And I'm like, 'yes you do. You've got this.'" \

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John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli

John Altobelli, who had been the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College for more than two decades, was on the plane, the school confirmed Sunday night. He was with his wife, Keri, and one of his daughters, Alyssa. The longtime coach was 56.

a man standing on a baseball field: This undated photo released by Orange Coast College shows its head baseball coach John Altobelli. John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were among those killed in the helicopter crash with NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Calabasas, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.© Orange Coast College via AP This undated photo released by Orange Coast College shows its head baseball coach John Altobelli. John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa were among those killed in the helicopter crash with NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Calabasas, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

"John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball," Orange Coast College athletic director Jason Kehler said in a statement.

Alyssa played on the same youth basketball team as Gianna Bryant, according to the Associated Press.

John Altobelli, who amassed more than 700 wins as a college baseball coach and also coached multiple MLB players in the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts, and his wife also had a second daughter, Alexis, and a son, JJ, who is a scout for the Boston Red Sox organization.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said in a statement Monday that the team would provide "financial and emotional support" to the Altobelli family, while offering condolences to the loved ones of the other victims of the crash.

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Here are the 9 victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter. NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday morning. He had been traveling with eight other people.

Christina Mauser

Girls basketball coach Christina Mauser was also among the victims of the helicopter crash. She served as an assistant basketball coach at the Harbor Day School, and as an assistant coach at Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy.

Mauser's husband, Matt, told NBC's "TODAY Show" on Monday that his family is heartbroken.

"It’s horrible," he said. "I’ve got three small kids, and I’m trying to figure out how to navigate life with three kids and no mom."

Costa Mesa (Calif.) Mayor Katrina Foley offered her condolences to the Mauser on Twitter, writing in part that "this devastating tragedy gets worse by the hour."

Ara Zobayan

The pilot on the helicopter was Ara Zobayan, according to multiple news outlets.

According to Federal Aviation Agency records, Zobayan had been a licensed commercial pilot for more than a decade. He was also certified to fly under instrument flight rules, which permitted him to fly in poor weather conditions, and certified as an instructor.

Darren Kemp, one of Zobayan's flight students, told The Los Angeles Times that the pilot was close with Bryant.

“(Kobe) doesn’t let anyone else fly him around but Ara,” Kemp told the newspaper.

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Sarah and Payton Chester

Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, were also aboard the helicopter, the family confirmed in a statement distributed by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, where Payton was a student.

"Sarah and Payton were the lights of our family," the Chester family said in the statement.

"Payton had a smile and personality that would light any room, and a passion for the game of basketball.  She found joy on any court and loved all of her teammates and coaches.

"Sarah was full of life and the glue of our family.  She was a tireless force in support of her family.  The love we feel from so many today is a testament to the community she created for us."

Remains Of Kobe, Gianna Bryant, 7 Others Killed In Helicopter Crash Released To Families

  Remains Of Kobe, Gianna Bryant, 7 Others Killed In Helicopter Crash Released To Families Memorial service or funeral plans have not been announced for the Bryants, the Chesters, Mauser or Zobayan. But the Altobellis will be remembered with a 4 p.m. service to be held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Feb.10.

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The Chesters also offered condolences to the families of the other victims, and asked for privacy to grieve.

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Here's more coverage from USA TODAY following Bryant's death.

  • Mark Medina reflects on the conversation he had with Bryant earlier this month about his post-playing days, and his future.
  • The NBA did not seriously consider canceling Sunday's slate of games.
  • Shock and sadness overcame those at Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy on Sunday
  • Kobe Bryant's death had Grammy attendees reeling
  • Dallas Mavericks will retire Bryant's No. 24
  • Fans at Kobe's high school alma mater mourn loss of star
  • Carmelo Anthony, Doc Rivers, Derek Jeter, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Jerry West were among those offering condolences and tributes

Contributing: Kristin Lam and Josh Peter, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Here are the 9 victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash, including Kobe Bryant

Remains Of Kobe, Gianna Bryant, 7 Others Killed In Helicopter Crash Released To Families .
Memorial service or funeral plans have not been announced for the Bryants, the Chesters, Mauser or Zobayan. But the Altobellis will be remembered with a 4 p.m. service to be held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Feb.10.

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