Kobe and BFF LeBron

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant with one of his daughters, 13-year-old Gianna, and seven others died on Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The helicopter crashed before 10 am after taking off around 9 am.

Kobe and Gianna
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

The former LA Lakers player, who retired from the game in 2016 was headed to Thousand Oaks, where he was coach and Gianna was to play a basketball game scheduled for Sunday.

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Kobe, who was popularly known as The Black Mamba, on Saturday night congratulated his best friend Lebron James after he passed him as no.3 on the NBA all-time scoring list.

Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother,’ Kobe tweeted.

Kobe and LeBron James

In another post he shared on Instagram accompanied by a photo of him and Lebron, he wrote,

On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next. 💪🏾

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Bryant died 41 and has left behind his longtime girlfriend and wife Vanessa, and three daughters.

Many have mourned Kobe Bryant as a great man whose legacy will live on.

Barack Obama Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.

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Lewis Hamilton I’m sad to hear that we lost one of our greats. @kobebryant
was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many including myself. I’m deeply saddened for his family and for the people around the world who looked up to him. May he and his daughter rest in peace

Kareem Abdul- Jabbar Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.

Ivanka Trump Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant.  Praying for a legend and the other passengers whose lives were lost and their families.

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