Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed and killed the NBA legend after they failed to obey a police order grounding their flight, it has emerged.
A helicopter carrying Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, and seven others crashed on Sunday evening, killing all on board and it has now emerged that the Los Angeles police department had earlier stopped the chopper from flying due to severe fog.
The private Sikorsky S-76 chopper was owned by the former LA Lakers star and was travelling to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice when it crashed.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, Josh Rubenstein, confirmed their Air Support Division was grounded Sunday, adding: “The weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying.”
Bryant’s death has attracted comments from the across the world, as both renowned Hollywood stars and sports personalities have paid tribute to the fallen former NBA star. PSG forward Neymar paid tribute to Bryant after scoring from the penalty spot in his side’s defeat by Lille, while former world footballer of the year, Ronaldinho also paid tribute to the late star.