TMZ was the first to break the news.
The outlet reported that the Oscar winner's private helicopter had crashed in Calabasas while he was aboard. The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation, but fans and celebrities rushed to social media in disbelief to react to the tragic news.
His daughter Gianna was confirmed to be in the helicopter.
Various reports circulated about the other passengers, with some saying that all four daughters were on board. It was later confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was with him and also died in the tragic accident.
Kobe and wife Vanessa welcomed their fourth child together in 2019.
The couple have been together since their teenage years and tied the knot in 2001. They welcomed four children together--all girls--during their marriage and seemed to be entering a new stage in their lives after Kobe's retirement from the NBA.