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Kobe Bryant has passed away at the age of 41, after a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday.
Moment of silence for Kobe ahead of Raptors-Spurs pic.twitter.com/Slxu4aeqfn
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) January 26, 2020
The five-time NBA champion was a beloved member of the basketball community after playing 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers up until his retirement in 2016. After ending his NBA career, Bryant went on to win an Oscar in 2018 for his short film “Dear Basketball”.
”The Black Mamba” was also well-known for helping the next generation of elite basketball talent, which includes his daughter Gianna, 13, who also reportedly passed in the helicopter crash.
In addition, Bryant and his wife Vanessa are parents to Natalia, Bianca and Capri, who was born in June 2019.
As fans around the world share their sympathies, we ask you to leave your tribute to the legendary basketball star who inspired a generation of players and fans, below.