Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among those killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, in California. Seven other people were also believed to have died in the fiery crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Th crash occurred at 10 am near Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas
According to media reports, the chopper that Bryant was traveling in crashed amid foggy conditions and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas.
Meanwhile, fellow NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, taking to Twitter to express his grief, wrote, "There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother
@kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW".
The 41-year-old spent his entire NBA career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and personified basketball in the city, winning five championships between 2000 and 2010.
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Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli also took to social media to express his shock and sadness at the untimely death of the NBA legend. ""Absolutely devastated to hear this news today. So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court that I would be mesmerized by. Life is so unpredictable and fickle. His daughter Gianna passed away too in the crash. Iam absolutely Heartbroken. Rest in peace. Strength and condolences to the family," Kohli wrote on Instagram.
Indian cricket team opener Rohit Sharma also took to Twitter to express his sorrow. "Sad day in sporting world today, one of the greats of the game gone too soon. Rest in peace Kobe Bryant and his little daughter Gianna", Rohit wrote.
"Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash", wrote Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greats of the footballing world.
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