Of the nine people who died Sunday in the horrific helicopter crash in California that killed NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, three more were named.
Also on board the aircraft was John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College, along with wife Keri Altobelli and their daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, the school said in a statement on their website.
Alyssa was Gianna’s teammate. And John and Keri Altobelli are also parents to daughter Alexis Altobelli and son J.J. Altobelli, who works for the Red Sox as a scout.
John’s former team, the Brewster Whitecaps, have reported the deaths of Keri and Alyssa—as did John’s brother, Tony Altobelli, to CNN.
“We are heartbroken and shocked to learn that our former head coach, John Altobelli along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa passed away this morning in the helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna,” the team wrote on Twitter.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years.
— Orange Coast College (@orangecoast) January 26, 2020
Bryant, 41, and Gianna were the first two people identified as victims in the deadly crash that occurred around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby were among those who spoke at a Sunday afternoon press conference explaining that the crash killed a total of nine people—the pilot and eight others.
The late NBA star and his daughter — a young basketball player, herself — are survived by Vanessa, Bryant’s 37-year-old wife, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.