The pilot of the helicopter that crashed with Kobe Bryant and seven others onboard did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, according to a post-mortem examination of the crash.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office released the autopsies of all nine victims who died in the January 26 crash in Calabasas, California.
The BBC reported the document found 50-year-old deceased pilot Ara Zobayan tested negative for drugs and alcohol.
The cause of death was listed as blunt-force trauma for all nine, and the manner of death was listed as accidental for each victim.
The morning crash into a hillside occurred in heavy fog and cloud cover, with the helicopter travelling 296 kilometres per hour.
An investigation showed the helicopter plunged several hundred feet before impact.
The report indicated dismembered body parts were part of the wreckage scene.
Bryant had injuries to nearly his entire body.
“These injuries are rapidly if not instantly fatal,” a medical examiner wrote of Bryant.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, previously filed a lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters, which operated the helicopter.
Her 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also died in the crash.
Kobe Bryant’s autopsy revealed the 41-year-old had Ritalin in his system.
The drug typically treats attention deficit hyperactivity and narcolepsy.
Also dying in the crash were two youth basketball teammates of Gianna Bryant: 14-year-old Alyssa Altobelli and 13-year-old Payton Chester.
Others who died were Alyssa Altobelli’s parents — John and Keri Altobelli — and Payton Chester’s mother, Sarah. Assistant basketball coach Christina Mauser also died.
Christopher Chester, whose wife and daughter died, filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company and Mr Zobayan’s estate this week.
Bryant won five NBA championships for the Los Angeles Lakers during 20 NBA seasons.
He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2007-08, a 15-time All-NBA selection, an 18-time All-Star and 12-time All-Defensive team selection.
He twice was named MVP of the NBA Finals and was the All-Star game MVP four times.