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Live Reporting

By Callum Matthews

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    This live is now finished, but scroll down to see all of the tributes to Kobe Bryant.

    More tributes can be found here.

  2. Post update

    That's all for now, you can read the rest of the tributes to Bryant here

    And for all the latest on the story visit this page.

  3. Heartbreaking news - Ronaldo

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    Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo wrote: "So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend."

  4. Woods pays tribute

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    15-time major winner Tiger Woods was told the news of Bryant's death after his final round at the Farmers Insurance Open in California.

    He said: "[Caddie] Joey [La Cava] told me coming off 18th green I didn’t understand why the crowd was saying “beautiful Mamba” now I know.

    "It’s unbelievably sad and the reality is sinking in because I was told about five minutes ago.

    "He brought a desire to win every night on both ends of the floor, not too many guys can say that. Any time he was in the game he’d take on their best player."

  5. A genius like few others - Messi

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    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wrote: "I have no words ... All my love for Kobe's family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. You were a genius like few others."

  6. Post update

    LA County fire chief Daryl Osby has described the size of the fire from the crash as a quarter of an acre.

    He added the presence of magnesium in the wreckage made the fire harder to extinguish.

  7. Post update

    LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva says they are awaiting the arrival of a coroner at the scene and confirms there were nine people aboard the aircraft, all of whom have died.

    He says it would be "inappropriate to identify anyone until the coroner has made that identification".

    Adding it is "wholly inappropriate" to learn about a loss of a loved one "through TMZ".

  8. BreakingNine people on board - LA County Sheriff

    The LA County Sheriff believe there were nine people on board: the pilot and eight passengers.

  9. Post update

    La County Fire Chief Daryl Osby has confirmed that everyone on board the helicopter has passed away.

  10. Post update

    The LA County Sheriff department are currently doing a news conference.

    We will bring you the latest when we can.