He was a five-time National Basketball Association champion, 18-time All-Star and led the league in scoring twice.
Bryant and his young daughter were en route to a travel basketball game when a fire broke out in a helicopter, resulting in the crash. According to ESPN, another player and parent were on the helicopter. "Before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that's she's into basketball, we watch every night", he told them. She was on flight with her dad, representatives for Kobe confirmed to TMZ.
Kobe, regarded as one of the greatest players ever to play the game, finished his illustrious career with 33,643 - the then third highest points total ever.
Bryant's death comes a day after LeBron James passed him as No. 3 on the National Basketball Association all-time scoring list when he scored 33,643 points.
Kobe is survived by his wife and three daughters.