MANILA - A half-Filipina basketball coach was killed with NBA great Kobe Bryant and 7 others in a fiery helicopter crash this week, her relatives said Tuesday.
The 38-year-old fatality was Christina Mauser, a coach at the Mamba Academy that Bryant co-owned, her cousin Melanie Ramil said.
"We are beyond heartbroken," Ramil wrote on Facebook.
Mauser's husband Matt added that he and their 2 children were "devastated."
"We lost our beautiful wife and mom," he said in a separate Facebook post.
There were no survivors when the helicopter carrying Bryant and Mauser crashed in foggy weather in the suburb of Calabasas, where it caused a brush fire, authorities said.
Among those killed were Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Bryant, a 5-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, was flying to a game where Gianna was expected to play in, according to US reports.
Local media said the other victims included another player, a parent, and the pilot. With reports from Agence France-Presse; Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN News