The United States and fans from around the world are grieving the loss of one of their greatest basketball players today: Kobe Bryant. Also, among those who passed away, Kobe’s 13-year-old Daughter Gianna, a fellow basketball coach John Altobelli and the coach’s daughter also passed. There were nine people in the helicopter, and it crashed in rough terrain. Identifying the other victims may take time as they attempt to recover the crash site.
Here’s a video of several of Kobe’s close friends and peers sharing their hearts on the matter.
Just a few hours before Kobe’s death, a new Hall named in his honor in the Philippines opened.
“Shaquille O’Neal, who played alongside Bryant at the Lakers between 1996 and 2004, said there were “no words to express the pain I’m going through”.
“I love you and you will be missed,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the pair in their Lakers kits.”