Kobe Bryant's Daughter Gianna Killed in Helicopter Crash

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 29: Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images/Getty

Former NBA star Kobe Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was killed along with her father and others in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California, a person familiar with the incident told The Associated Press.

Multiple outlets earlier on Sunday reported that five passengers, including 41-year-old Bryant, were killed this morning when the helicopter experienced issues and crashed.

Later, AP confirmed that Gianna Bryant, 13, was also in the aircraft with her father when the plane went down.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office on Sunday initially confirmed that at least five people were killed in the Calabasas helicopter crash. There were no survivors.

At a press conference at roughly 2:45 p.m. PST, the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that nine people were on board the aircraft, the pilot and eight individuals.

The department declined to identify any of the deceased until they have been officially identified by the coroner. It would be "entirely inappropriate" and "extremely disrespectful" to identify the names, you will be "notified in the subsequent," the spokesperson said.

A Newsweek analysis of flightradar24, which tracks flights through GPS, found that the crash of an Sikorsky S-76 helicopter occurred roughly at 9:45 a.m. local time near Calabasas, California on Sunday morning after taking off at 9:06 a.m. from John Wayne Airport, in Orange County, California.

According to the Weather Channel, clouds and fog was present in the area when the helicopter went down. It is unclear whether the weather played a role in the crash, however, a retired military helicopter pilot told Newsweek that it "looks like they were trying to get around the weather."

Newsweek reached out to Bryant's publicist for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.