The NBA has confirmed that Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was killed alongside her father in a devastating helicopter crash.

According to TMZ, the two were on their way to the Mamba Academy near Thousand Oaks, California, for Gianna’s basketball practice when the crash occurred.

Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

Five-time NBA champion Bryant, 41, played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in April 2016.

The sporting community has been left shocked and heartbroken by news of his reported death.