All nine bodies recovered from scene of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Katy Clifton
Sherriffs and officials investigate the helicopter crash site of NBA star Kobe Bryant: REUTERS

The bodies of the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in California, including Kobe Byrant and his 13-year-old daughter, have been recovered.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced on Tuesday all bodies had been recovered after the crash on Sunday.

The chopper, carrying the NBA legend, his daughter Gianni and seven others, came down on a hillside in Calabasas, California at around 10am on Sunday local time.

The statement read: "The bodies of the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday have been recovered."

Kobe Byrant and his daughter Gianni (Getty Images)

It adds: "On Sunday afternoon, personnel from the department’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) recovered three bodies from the helicopter wreckage located in the 4200 block of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas.

"The next day, the search continued for the other six helicopter occupants. Soon after, their bodies were located, removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center.

"Currently, investigators are actively working on identifying the decedents. Additionally, body examinations are in progress.

"The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner will provide immediate updates on the names of the decedents as soon as they are officially verified and their next of kin have been notified."

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