Kobe Bryant dies at 41

By Fernando Alfonso III, Amir Vera and Aimee Lewis, CNN

Updated 3:22 AM ET, Tue January 28, 2020
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6:49 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

There was "extremely low visibility" while Bryant was on the helicopter

From CNN meteorologist Michael Guy

There was extremely low visibility at the time of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

The conditions were foggy and cloudy with a drizzle, Guy said.

"Relative humidity was 100% meaning the air was like soup," Guy added.

The fog and subsequent pollution from wildfires was also lingering in the air. 

6:48 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

International sports organizations and teams share their condolences

The Olympics, International Basketball Federation and AC Milan soccer team in Italy used Twitter to share their thoughts on the passing of Kobe Bryant.

"We have no words to express how shocked we are to hear of the tragic passing of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time and Rossonero fan, Kobe Bryant. All our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this tragic accident. You will forever be missed, Kobe," AC Milan tweeted.

Bryant lived in Italy for eight years while his father played in the Italian Professional Basketball League. Bryant spoke Italian fluently.

6:32 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

NBA teams pay their respects to Kobe Bryant during Sunday games

As news of Kobe Bryant's death spread, teams across the league honored the NBA legend during their games today.

The Toronto Raptors let the 24-second shot clock run out after tip-off during their game with the Spurs as a sign of respect for the 5-time NBA champion.

The Los Angeles Clippers also let the 24-second shot-clock run out, while their opponent Orlando Magic got an 8-second violation. Bryant wore numbers 24 and 8 during his career.

The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans also followed suit, with fans chanting "Kobe."

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks also took the 24-second and 8-second violations. Hawks guard Trae Young also wore the number 8 in honor of Bryant.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns also paid tributes to Bryant.

6:31 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Madison Square Garden pays tribute to Bryant

From CNN’s Polo Sandoval, Beth English and Sarah Jorgensen

New York City's Madison Square Garden was lit up tonight in purple and yellow as a tribute to Kobe Bryant.

A large image of Bryant can also be seen outside the arena.

6:28 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Children receive news of Kobe Bryant's death at basketball tournament

KSEE/Alexan Balekian
KSEE/Alexan Balekian

Dozens of young basketball players were seen mourning the passing of Kobe Bryant this morning in Calabasas at a tournament.

"This photo taken this morning at #KobeBryant tournament in #calabasas as the kids received the news. A youth team from Tenaya was playing in the tournament when they received the news and cancelled games. #heartbreaking," news anchor Alexan Balekian tweeted along with the photo.
7:04 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

LeBron James visibly shaken up by Kobe Bryant's death

From CNN's Homero DeLaFuente

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was seen getting emotional while exiting the team plane on Sunday following the news of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna had died.

The Lakers were arriving at LAX after having played against the 76ers last night in Philadelphia.

6:14 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

FAA says helicopter that crashed was built in 1991

CNN’s Jon Passantino

Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday, January 26, 2020, in Calabasas, California.
Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday, January 26, 2020, in Calabasas, California.

The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others that crashed today was built in 1991 according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B, is registered to Island Express Holding Corp., according to a FAA registry database.

The helicopter crashed on a hillside in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Island Express Holding Corp is based in the Southern California city of Fillmore, according to the California Secretary of State database. Calls to Island Express were not answered on Sunday.

Sikorsky, the helicopter manufacturer, expressed condolences in a tweet Sunday.

10:14 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Orange County baseball coach, his wife and daughter were killed in the helicopter crash along with Kobe Bryant

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

John Altobelli
John Altobelli Orange Coast Community College

Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, 56, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli were aboard the helicopter with Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna when it crashed Sunday morning in Calabasas, California, Altobelli’s brother Tony Altobelli told CNN.

Gianna and Alyssa were teammates at the Mamba Academy and were flying from Orange County to Thousand Oaks to attend a game, OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa told CNN.

“It was something John routinely did, flying up with Kobe to attend games with his daughter,” La Ruffa said.

OCC Athletic Director Jason Kehler said in a statement Sunday that John Altobelli "meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball."

He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach. The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none -- he treated them like family," Kehler said 

Altobelli was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2019 as an ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year.

“We have lost a member of our OCC family, and our hearts are broken,” said OCC President Angelica Suarez. “Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus -- a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend. This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”

6:10 p.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Magic Johnson on Kobe Bryant: The "greatest Laker of all-time is gone"

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

Earvin "Magic" Johnson hugs Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, 
Earvin "Magic" Johnson hugs Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles,  Harry How/Getty Images

In a series of tweets Sunday, Earvin "Magic" Johnson -- a former Laker and the team's president of basketball operations -- spoke candidly about Kobe Bryant.

"I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court," Johnson tweeted.

"My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players," he said.

Read Johnson's tweets below: