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Update: 5:37 PM EST (January 26, 2020) - L.A. County sheriff Alex Villanueva a total of 9 people are believed to have been on board the helicopter during the fatal crash, according to the flight manifest. There are no survivors.
Update: 3:37 PM EST (January 26, 2020) - Bryant's second daughter Gianna Maria-Onore was among the passengers who died in the fatal helicopter crash, reports TMZ Sports.
The two were reportedly on their way to her basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy. Nicknamed, "Gigi aka Viva aka the Mambacita #2, the 13-year-old also played basketball and dominated the court just like her dad. The emerging basketball star had dreams of playing for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning (Jan. 26).
At around 10 a.m. PST, authorities responded to a fiery crash near Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times notes. All passengers on board the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, which is reported to be four other people, were reported dead at the scene. A brushfire ensued causing difficult conditions for firefighters to contain the incident, the news website further states.
Bryant, 41, is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and three children: Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella, and Capri Kobe, who was born in 2019.
A day after reports of a video of a detained Delonte West began to gain commentary, an officer who filmed him recounting the situation has been suspended. According to NBC News, local Maryland police authorities believed a bystander recorded the viral video of Delonte in handcuffs but soon discovered it was one of their own. The authorities are unsure as to how the video appeared on the Internet.
Another view of the incident, which occurred on Monday (Jan. 20) near the MGM National Harbor casino, shows West laid out on the road as an unidentified person proceeds to hit him. The officers stated that morning, West and the other person, who are familiar with each other, engaged in an argument.
A former college basketball teammate of West's, Jameer Nelson, posted a message to Twitter following news of the former pro-athlete's situation. “To answer everybody that’s reaching out to me about his situation… all we can do is pray for him and his family and hope that he seeks the proper help," Nelson said. "Mental illness is something that a lot of people deal with and don’t even know it, until sometimes it’s too late. I’m not sure what exactly is going on with Dwest but he knows I’m in his corner and will help him get through this."
— Jameer Nelson (@jameernelson) January 21, 2020
In 2015, West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Previous reports state the former NBA player has family and friends that are providing him with support. According to TMZ, the NBA is also offering West assistance.
Recently, a video of former NBA player Delonte West appeared on various social media accounts, showing a detained West who appeared to be distressed. The visual prompted reactions from West's college basketball coach Phil Martelli and his teammate at that time, Jameer Nelson, ESPN reports.
"Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help—please read and embrace Jameer's wisdom—we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the progressional help Delonte needs," Martelli said. "This is so very painful." In the video, West says someone with a gun approached him and physically assaulted him.
Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help - please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom - we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9
— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020
In an interview with TMZ, West's agent Aaron Goodwin said the former Dallas Maverick's family is supporting him as well as the NBA. In 2016, West was checked in to a medical facility to treat his mental health. Since being drafted to the NBA in 2004 by the Boston Celtics, West has played for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Dallas Mavericks.