Sad news today if you are an NBA fan at all, especially during the 90s and early aughts. Kobe Bryant reportedly died in a plane crash this morning.
Police said it was the pilot plus 8 individuals, won't comment on identities (as is appropriate). Kobe Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna (aka Gigi), and reportedly Gianna's teammate, and teammate's parent were said to be passengers. NBA apparently made a statement regarding the daughter, so that seems to be a solid source.
Kobe is a contemporary of mine and was just such a joy to watch play. He was a truly special player and we are better as sports fans for having had a chance to enjoy his tremendous talent on the court.
May peace be with their families, friends, and other loved ones.
Edit: daughter's name is Gianna, not Gianni as written in the title.