Basketball icon Kobe Bryant was among five people killed when a helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu, according to multiple media outlets.
Basketball icon Kobe Bryant was among five people killed when a helicopter slammed into a hillside Sunday near Malibu in Los Angeles County, according to multiple media outlets.
CNN and ESPN said Bryant, 41, was on the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.
The county Sheriff's Department said all five people aboard were killed and that the investigation was continuing. Firefighters doused a quarter-acre brush fire, said fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda.
"The wreckage is still pretty hot up there," Imbrenda. "We still have some fire activity on the hill."
The crash took place in Calabasas, a city of about 25,000 people in the Santa Monica Mountains about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Art Marrujo, a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said firefighters quickly doused the blaze.
Contributing: The Associated Press