World Stars Pay Tribute to Basket Ball Legend Kobe Bryant and His Daughter

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On Sunday evening, Twitter came to a standstill with the heartbreaking news of the sudden death of retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The retired Los Angeles Lakers star, 41, and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. Onboard was also a college baseball coach, his wife, and daughter who were killed in the crash.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, played for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout his career and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history. He retired in 2016 after a 20-year career with the LA Lakers and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times. Many have been shocked by his untimely death.

The NBA issued a statement saying it was “devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna” aged 13.
“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with absolute devotion to winning,” it read.

Tributes have been pouring in from world leaders, celebrities and fellow sports stars.

“I loved Kobe, He was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball,” said six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan.

 

The 2020 Grammys ceremony was opened with a heartfelt tribute to him, as Host Alicia Keys dedicated the show to Bryant’s memory, with an acapella version of It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye, accompanied by Boyz II Men

“To be honest with you were all feeling crazy sadness right now, because earlier today Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built. Right now, Kobe and his family and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, in our hearts, in our prayers, they’re in this building.

I would like everybody to take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families. I know how much Kobe loved music,” she added later, “so we got to make this a celebration in his honor,” she said.

Dance with the angels Kobe and Gianna, till we meet again.

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