Kobe Bryant: Fatal Helicopter Crash Behind Kourtney Kardashian's House

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, on Sunday morning.   

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star's death was confirmed by TMZ

Bryant was traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board. Bryant's wife Vanessa and his four kids were not on board -- as reported by some outlets.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am after a fire broke out.  

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter's engine sputtering before it went down. 

It is unclear where the chopper departed from or where it was headed. The crash apparently occurred behind the home of Kourtney Kardashian.

Bryant has been known to use a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to travel for years - often flying from Newport Beach to the Staples Center for Lakers games. 

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