The NBA has confirmed that Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was killed alongside her father in a devastating helicopter crash.

According to TMZ, the two were on their way to the Mamba Academy near Thousand Oaks, California, for Gianna’s basketball practice when the crash occurred.

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Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

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Five-time NBA champion Bryant, 41, played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in April 2016.

The sporting community has been left shocked and heartbroken by news of his reported death.