Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the downed chopper was a Sikorsky S-76.
In September 2018, Bryant was seen helping people involved in a auto crash also in the Newport Beach area. Sunday morning's weather also included light wind and temperatures in the mid-50s.
Wilson on Sunday wrote about the impact Bryant had on the lives of so many. He was the fourth-highest scoring National Basketball Association player of all time, and banked 33,643 points over the course of his career.
Since the start of his basketball career, Bryant, the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, was one of the most accomplished men in the NBA, having played all 20 seasons with the Lakers.
"Lower Merion and everything associated with it made me who I am", Bryant said in 2016.
Bryant's death reverberated beyond sports. Fans gathered near the site of the crash to mourn, as well as at the Staples Center where Bryant played his home games. "I loved Kobe - he was like a little brother to me".
"I'm stunned. Words can't even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day".
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti paid tribute to Bryant as well, saying that he "will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles".
It's often awkward when news anchors, with limited knowledge of sports, get caught in the middle of a major breaking sports story.