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Kylie Jenner took to social media to send her prayers to the families of those lost in the deadly helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday.

The 22-year-old revealed a personal connection to the tragedy in her Instagram post, sharing with her followers that she used to fly on the same helicopter and knew the pilot personally.

Jenner had actually rented the same chopper as a treat for her niece Dream’s third birthday back in November.

Grieving: Kylie Jenner took to social media to share her personal connection to the Kobe Bryant tragedy and revealed that she used to fly on the same helicopter with the same pilot who also perished in the crash

Posting on her Instagram story, Kylie shared a touching message which included small photos of the nine victims of the crash. 

‘Rest in peace .. and prayers to these families,’ she wrote below the images. 

‘I still can’t believe this. that was the helicopter i would fly on from time to time with that pilot, Ara. he was such a nice man.’

She added: ‘hold your loves ones close [heart emoji]’

Tragic: Posting on her Instagram story, Kylie shared a touching message which included small photos of the nine victims of the crash

In November, Kylie had rented the same helicopter as a birthday gift for her niece Dream, the daughter of Rob Kardashian.

Several shots of the three-year-old were shared on social media from inside the aircraft, as well as ones outside which showed the tail number of the Sikorsky S-76 – the same that crashed on Sunday. 

Kobe Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to his basketball academy when their helicopter crashed, killing all on board. 

History: In November, Kylie had rented the same helicopter which crashed on Sunday, killing all on board, as a birthday treat for brother Rob Kardashian’s daughter

Learning more: A shots of the three-year-old showed the tail number of the Sikorsky S-76

Conditions were not suitable for flying, according to Los Angeles police who grounded their own choppers due to heavy fog.

The pilot was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his ability to see terrain below him. 

On the flight with the Bryant’s and the pilot was John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester.

The accident: Kobe Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to his basketball academy when their helicopter crashed

In tribute: Jenner was one of many who shared tributes on Sunday to the late basketball player and his daughter

On Sunday, Kylie shared a tribute post to Kobe and Gianna writing: ‘At loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family.’

Kylie’s tributes were sandwiched between posts of her promoting her new Stormi themed Kylie cosmetics collection.

The makeup mogul pulled out all the stops for the new line in honor of her daughter, who is about to turn two in February.

Jenner recently threw a lavish butterfly themed party for the launch of the products and shared new snaps of the affair on social media, Monday.

Business: Kylie’s tributes were sandwiched between posts of her promoting her new Stormi themed Kylie cosmetics collection

Epic! Jenner recently threw a lavish butterfly themed party for the launch of the products and shared new snaps of the affair on social media, Monday

So sweet! Stormi appeared entranced by the ethereal decorations

‘Each day is a blessing with you thank you God for these moments,’ she wrote along with the sweet mother/daughter shots. ‘It was beautiful celebrating stormi x @kyliecosmetics launching 2.1.20 ⚡️

‘Each day is a blessing with you thank you God for these moments,’ she wrote along with the sweet mother/daughter shots.

‘It was beautiful celebrating stormi x @kyliecosmetics launching 2.1.20 ⚡️,’ she went on.

Kylie created an ethereal butterfly garden for the party for pint sized guests with custom butterfly chairs lined up at tables under mossy arches.

The bash comes ahead of what will likely be an even more over the top event for Stormi’s birthday. 

Bespoke: Like all of Kylie’s parties, the event came with custom swag

More to come! The bash comes ahead of what will likely be an even more over the top event for Stormi’s birthday

Sensational: Kylie is now worth a billion dollars thanks to the success of her cosmetics line

Kylie Jenner reveals she knew pilot and flew on chopper that crashed killing Kobe Bryant

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