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Kobe Bryant’s death: Obama, Shaq and voices around the world share their messages of shock and sadness

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a California helicopter crash. He was 41.

Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time NBA greats — a legend even before he finally hung it up in 2016 — was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

He was 41 years old.

According to the AP, nine people in total were killed when the private helicopter flying over Calabasas, Calif. caught fire and dropped from the sky.

Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was reportedly not among the victims, but his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was one of those who died in the crash.

Here’s a recent video of Bryant and Gianna together at a basketball game:

There was an outpouring of shock across social media, where Bryant’s last message on Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +1.87% were words of congratulations for LeBron James, who’d just taken Bryant’s place as No. 3 on the NBA scoring list:

More than a million messages of heartbreak and remembrance blew up on social media as word of Bryant’s death spread around the globe.

From the sports world:

From show business:

From the political arena:

And from overseas:

Bryant was a Los Angeles Laker for two decades, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before his retirement in 2016.

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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