The helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant also killed his 13-year-old daughter.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski independently confirmed the report.
Smith added the famed Lakers player has been "taking a helicopter for decades" to and from the Staples Center.
Kobe is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Five people were killed in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. TMZ was the first outlet to report the 41-year-old star's death. They had been spotted sitting courtside at NBA games in recent months, and Kobe had stated in the past that she aspired to one day play college basketball for UConn .
Bryant's death comes a day after LeBron James passed him as No. 3 on the National Basketball Association all-time scoring list when he scored 33,643 points.
Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five National Basketball Association championships. "It was her, she was having such a good time".