Fans around the world were in absolute disbelief when the news was spread out that Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had perished in a chopper crash.
The helicopter was also carrying his 13-year old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant. A total of 9 people including the pilot were killed during the crash as per the report by CNN.
The crash occurred at 10 am in the morning in the hills of Calabasas and as the Sikorsky S-76 chopper crashed. A fire broke out making it impossible for the fire fighting services to rescue anyone trapped.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend was 41-years old and won five NBA championship for the franchise. He spent his entire career with the Lakers franchise. He was also named to the All-Star Game 18 times and was named All-Star MVP four times and he also scored 33,643 points in his career that spanned two decades.
Conor McGregor reacts to the Kobe Bryant news
Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor also reacted to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. The Irish superstar was present at the Staples Center for the GRAMMYs.
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“It is very very sad news, It’s iconic that I’m here and that he used to play in this arena, it’s very sad news, lost his daughter as well… I’m very happy to be here but sad at the same time. It’s just a very sad time.
“For me the first time I ever came to America, Kobe was one of the big stars. We don’t really understand basketball back home too much, but his [Kobe] transcends sports. He is a great man and I would have loved to meet him and it’s a very sad day,”
Michael Jordan reacts to the Kobe Bryant news
Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan also issued a statement following the accident.
“I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. 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.
Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.”