Retired NBA Star Kobe Bryant 41 and his 13 year old daughter where among 9 people that died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on 26 January.
Los Angeles County officials have said the recovery of the bodies will take a few days as the helicopter crash was in a rough terrain.
Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said in a statement that the area where the helicopter crash was difficult to access and his firefighters had to hike to the location.
Kobe was on his way to his Mamba Sports Academy where he coached his daughter’s team on his helicopter when the accident took place.
His academy was hosting the Mamba Cup Tournament Series which was a tournament for 3rd to 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams.
Los Angeles County fire officials stated that it was not clear whether or not the helicopter was overloaded, and the National Transportation Safety Board sent out a team to the crash site later on that Sunday evening.
Kobe Bryant is considered as one of the best players in N.B.A. history.
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Kobe was drafted into the NBA in 1996 straight from high school and became an All Star in 18 of his 20 seasons at the Lakers, leading his team to five championships.
He was super competitive on the court which resulted in many public spats with his teammates and coach, with a fierce rivalry between him and Shaquille O’Neil being the best known.
He won the NBA’s MVP Award for the 2007-8 season and had the second highest single game total with an 81 point game in 2006.
Kobe retired in 2016 after a string of injuries took a toll on him, scoring 60 points in his final game with the Lakers.