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Kobe Bryant: sports stars and celebrities pay tribute to basketball superstar after his death

As news from that of Kobe Bryant The shock death spread on Sunday, tributes poured in for the former Los Angeles Laker.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. He was 41 and a father of four, leaving behind his wife, Vanessa.

Barack Obama called the basketball star a “legend on the court” as he and his wife Michelle sent their “love and prayers” to the family of Bryant and his daughter.

“Kobe was a legend on the pitch and was just starting what would have been an equally meaningful second act,” the former president tweeted.

“Losing Gianna is even more heartbreaking for us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the whole Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”

Alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant helped the Lakers win three straight NBA championships between 2000 and 2002.

It’s a feat that hasn’t been matched since, with the Golden State Warriors losing last year’s final after winning back-to-back wins.

O’Neal tweeted: “There are no words to express the pain I am going through with this tragedy of losing my niece Gigi and my brother @kobebryant I love you and you will be missed. My condolences go out Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. I AM SICK RIGHT NOW “.

Another great NBA player Scottie Pippen said he was “stunned” by Bryant’s death.

“Words can’t even come close to describing her. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day, ”he tweeted.

Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid tweeted, “Dude, I don’t even know where to start. I started playing ball because of KOBE after watching the 2010 finals. I had never watched the ball before and this final was the turning point in my life. I WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE. I am so SAD right now !!!! RIP LEGEND.

Tennis player Andy Murray’s Instagram story read, “It hit me hard. A thought to all his family, friends and colleagues.

Former England striker Gary Lineker wrote: “Oh no. How awful. One of the greatest sportsmen of our life. Completely tragic “, while current England striker Raheem Sterling wrote:” Rest easy Legend “.

Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady said: “We already miss you Kobe”, while retired NBA star Dwyane Wade wrote: “Nooooooooooo God please No!”

Former sprinter Usain Bolt tweeted: “I still can’t believe @kobebryant.”

Actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg called Bryant a “hero” to his family in a tribute on Twitter.

“RIP Kobe, hero for many, including my grandson, amazing athlete and always kind to me and my family. My deepest condolences to his family,” she said.

Actor Idris Elba wrote on Twitter, “Kobe is G. We will always be remembered. A sad day. “

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles posted a photo of the US gymnastics team with Bryant, saying: “Rest in peace Kobe”.

American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid tribute to Bryant and the other passengers on the helicopter.

She said on Twitter: “Deeply shocked by the news of Kobe Bryant and four other people lost today. I send all my thoughts to their families and loved ones at this devastating time. “

Singer Justin Bieber posted a photo of himself as a child with Bryant on Instagram.

He said, “It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me some of the best quotes we smile on yet! I love you man! “

Actress Reese Witherspoon said she was “devastated” to hear the news of Bryant’s death.

She said on Twitter: “I am just devastated to hear about Kobe Bryant. An amazing athlete and a really kind and wonderful man. Sending love, prayers and compassion to his family.

“Keep pushing the game (at) King James forward,” Bryant wrote in his last tweet. Much respect my brother.

Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-highest goalscorer in NBA history, ending two decades with the Lakers as a prolific goalscorer with sublime all-round play and relentless competitive ethics.

He held that spot in the league’s scoring ranks until Saturday night, when the Lakers’ LeBron James passed him for third place in a game in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.