Those killed were Bobby Brooks, Mr. Clapton’s agent; Nigel Browne, his bodyguard; Colin Smythe, one of his tour managers; and the pilot, Jeffrey Brown. Mr. Vaughan, a native of Dallas, won Grammy Awards this year and in 1985.
Vaughan, who appeared in concert Sunday night at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre outside Milwaukee on a bill with fellow guitar legend Eric Clapton, took the final seat on the five-seat helicopter that crashed around 1 a.m. local time into a man-made East Troy, Wis., ski hill that was obscured by dense fog.
The cause of the helicopter accident was attributed to pilot negligence. Jeff Brown, a veteran airplane pilot, had little experience operating a helicopter in inclement weather. In 1995 Jimmie and his mother Martha Vaughan sued Omniflight for negligence. The family was awarded an undisclosed sum.
All nine people on board were killed on impact: retired professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five other passengers, and the pilot.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, were traveling to a basketball practice at Bryant’s Mamba Academy. Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, died alongside her father in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, NBC News has confirmed.
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What Eric Clapton said about Stevie Ray Vaughan after his tragic death: [I reacted] Much in the same way as I did to my son’s. I mean, there were more people involved, and the death of my son was a directly personal situation.
After the last concert finished, four Bell Jet Ranger helicopters from Omniflight were to take Clapton and some of his entourage to Chicago. Three seats were reserved for Stevie Ray Vaughan, his brother Jimmie Vaughan, and Jimmie’s wife, Connie.
Jimmie, also known as Jim and Big Jim, dropped out of school at age sixteen, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he married Martha Jean (née Cook; 1928–2009) on January 13, 1950. They had a son, Jimmie, in 1951.
Results: A review of 84 autopsies revealed that blunt trauma was cited as the primary cause of death in 88.1% of these cases. The most commonly occurring bony injuries were fractures of the ribs (73.8%), skull (51.2%), facial bones (47.6%), tibia (34.5%), thorax (32.1%), and pelvis (31.0%).
Flames engulfed the wreckage, but burns on the bodies were determined to have occurred after death. Bryant’s body was found on one side of the wreckage, and his daughter’s was found in a ravine on the opposite side.
The graphic report made it clear: Bryant and the passengers were dead in an instant due to blunt trauma caused by the crash. “These injuries are rapidly if not instantly fatal,” wrote Juan Carrillo, senior deputy medical examiner, in Bryant’s report.