Sporting world mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, on Sunday morning.   

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star’s death was confirmed by TMZ

TMZ reported that Bryant was traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board. New reports affirmed that his daughter Gianna was also a passenger as well as family friends.

The entire sporting world mourned the death of one of the greatest athletes of our generation, an inspiration for many to even start playing basketball and a motivation that hard work and perseverance will get you anywhere you want in life!

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Heroes come and go LEGENDS live forever‼️#8 #24

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Michael Jordan on the passing of Kobe Bryant.

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As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken. I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court. My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players. He gave his knowledge, time, and talent to tutor so many at the youth level, collegiate level, and NBA and WNBA players. Words can’t express the impact that he had on the game of basketball. I know basketball fans all over the world will miss him, especially the City of Los Angeles. He was such an icon but also did so much for LA. He was passionate about serving the homeless and was an advocate for women's basketball. Coaching his daughter’s basketball team brought him so much happiness. Kobe and I shared so many special conversations about life and basketball. We had so much in common off the court. I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy. I will miss those conversations and him so much. Laker Nation, the game of basketball and our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie and I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri, as well as his parents Joe and Pam and his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family. We love you forever. 🙏🏾❤️ #8 #24

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Rest in Peace, Mamba. Rest in Peace, Gigi. Your legacy will never be forgotten!