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Kobe Bryant mourned by football fraternity

Football fraternity mourns as NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

January 26, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Reports have indicated that the basketball star was aboard a helicopter with four others which crashed in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

The whole football fraternity and lovers of the NBA have been thrown into the state of mourning following reports of the demise of former US basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers legend, 41, is believed to have been on board a private helicopter which crashed in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

According to the official statement by the  Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the five-time NBA Championship winner was traveling with eight other people including the pilot. Per the report, that the crash occurred a little before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road. There were no surviors.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Kobe Bryant was with his daughter Gianna Bryant on the helicopter prior to the crash:

Having played his entire career with the Los Angelese Lakers, Bryant successfully made his way into the NBA's Hall of Fame by winning five championships with the side. Often regarded as one of the greatest to have ever played the sport, he ended his career in 2016 as an 18-time All-Star.

A great inspiration and role model to many in and out of basketball, Kobe Bryant also had a soft spot for soccer. The former Lakers star is known to have divided loyalties between La Liga giants Barcelona and Serie A club AC Milan.

His reported demise has cast a dark cloud on the whole sport industry and tributes from notable football stars have since poured in on social media.

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An inspiration on and off the court. Someone who I respected and idolized so much. Thank you Kobe for being you. For teaching us all the concept of hard work and inspiring those around you. Life is fragile and we all must remember this. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #legend #mambamentality #kobebryant #legend

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Kobe Bryant you're an angel. RIP to you legend. So kind and had time for everyone. The epitome of class and hard work. An Idol. Prayers to his family.

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Unbelievably shocked and saddened by this terrible news. The world has lost a great human and amazing athlete. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family ! Inacreditavelmente chocada e triste com esta notícia terrível. O mundo perdeu um grande ser humano e atleta incrível. Meus pensamentos e orações vão para a família dele!

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