Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant, Kobe Bryant's daughter, also died in the tragic helicopter crash that killed her father

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY SportsKobe and Gianna Bryant were travelling to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for basketball practice when the crash occurred.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, at 41 years old.

TMZ has confirmed that his second-oldest daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, was also killed in the crash. She was 13 years old.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski independently confirmed the report.

According to TMZ, the two were travelling to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball practice. They were among nine people confirmed dead in the crash, including another player and a parent. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among them.

Kobe Bryant passed his love of the game on to Gianna. They had been spotted sitting courtside at NBA games in recent months, and Bryant said she aspired to one day play college basketball for the University of Connecticut.

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