This was the home of Kobe Bryant, a well known NBA basketball superstar. Over his career Bryant won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, was named the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player, and was a two-time NBA Finals MVP winner. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.
Kobe played for The Lakers for his entire career. Between salaries and endorsements he earned more than $680 million (before taxes and fees). That is the most amount of money ever earned by an athlete (salary and endorsements alone) from playing on a team sport. The only athletes who have earned more have all earned their fortunes from individual sports. The three athletes who have out-earned Kobe are Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher and Floyd Mayweather.
On January 26, 2020, Bryant, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five passengers and the pilot, boarded a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter en route from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport. Tragically the helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, around 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. All nine occupants were killed in the crash.
It was reported the following day that the pilot was told that he was at a "too low level for flight following", which he had apparently requested, by air traffic controllers moments before the helicopter crashed into the hillside. This means that the helicopter was too low to be tracked by air traffic control, but does not necessarily mean that it was too low to fly safely.
A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said on January 31 that Island Express Helicopters, which owned the helicopter that crashed, was not certified to fly in foggy conditions. It is unknown if the pilot was flying on instruments at the time of the crash.