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UPDATE: Jordan issues statement on Bryant: He was like a little brother to me

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Jan 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 00:42:13-05

UPDATE: Michael Jordan has issued a statement on the loss of Kobe Bryant.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Sheriff has held a press conference about the crash that left basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his teen daughter dead.

You can see it yourself below. Officials would not identify any of the people on board, but did say a manifest listed eight passengers and the pilot, for a total of nine souls on board. There were no survivors.

UPDATE: Media outlets are now reporting that Kobe Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was on board the helicopter when it crashed. There were no survivors, officials say.

UPDATE: Tributes began to pour in this afternoon as soon as it was officially confirmed that basketball legend Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41.

Last night, LeBron James passed Bryant on the all-time scoring list. Bryant's last tweet was about that:

Many of the tributes on social media included this video of Bryant's farewell to the fans of the only NBA team he ever played for:

Here are some of the tributes posted on social media:

Here's what Saints Quarterback Drew Brees had to say:

This is from the mayor of Los Angeles:

Fans have begun to gather outside the Staples Center where Bryant played for the Lakers:

There was a moment of silence for him at an NBA game:

The Los Angeles Times has dropped their paywall for all stories about Bryant:

Here's a tweet from the teammate many associate most with Bryant:

President Obama also tweeted:

ORIGINAL STORY:

Kobe Bryant died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning ... TMZ Sports is reporting

Bryant was traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead. We're told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board, TMZ reports.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.