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World mourns NBA star Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash

By: the Super staff

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. He was 41.

Nine people were onboard including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant. None of them survived, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to TMZ, they were headed to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice.

Gianna, who Kobe calls Gigi, is the second of his four daughters.

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Sports Illustrated reports that Lakers fans have started to gather outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, creating a memorial for Kobe.

Inside Staples Center, where The Grammys are about to be held, people also paid tribute to the athlete.

Meanwhile, friends, fans and celebrities have started posting about the tragedy, remembering Kobe, Gianna and the others who died in the crash.

Kobe has been to the Philippines multiple times, meeting fans and inspiring young athletes at different events.

“I just love coming back here. There’s so much passion for the game of basketball,” he said during a Nike press conference in Manila in 2011. “I’ll keep coming back here. I love it here.”

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