Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The 41-year-old was travelling with his daughter Gianna. Bryant and Gianna along with 7 others were all killed when their helicopter crashed near the Californian city of Calabasas in Los Angeles County.
Kobe Bryant was a basketball legend, who won the NBA 5 times. He has spent his entire 20-year playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant retired in 2016 but still, he was the face of the Lakers.
Bryant earned MVP honours in 2008, while he was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2009 and 2010 NBA Finals. He was also an 18-time All-Star to go with numerous other accolades, including two Olympic Games gold medals with the United States.
The death of Kobe Bryant has caused worldwide mourning. Everyone has offered their condolences for the untimely death of a ‘true legend’. Football greats Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. have also paid tribute to this basketball legend.
Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted: “So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend.”
Lionel Messi wrote on Instagram: “I have no words… all my love for Kobe’s family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. You were a genius like few others.”
Neymar dedicated his second goal against Lille to Kobe Bryant by holding up two fingers on one hand and four on the other. Bryant used to wear the number 24 jersey for the Los Angeles Lakers.
After the 2-0 win, Neymar told Canal+: “I looked at the messages at half-time. This is a time of immense sadness for the world of sport and for all of us, not just basketball fans. I knew him and I made this celebration to pay tribute to him. I hope he rests in peace.”
Kobe Bryant isn’t among us now, but his legacy will live on for ages.
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