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

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  • NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California.
  • He was 41 years old.
  • The biggest names in sports began to publicly express their disbelief and remorse at the untimely and tragic death of “The Black Mamba.”
  • Many also expressed gratitude for Bryant’s influence on the game and reflected on his enduring legacy.
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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

The 41-year-old was one of the greatest basketball players to ever play in the NBA. Bryant’s untimely passing sparked reactions from some of the biggest names in sports on social media.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the gatekeeper of all things NBA knowledge, confirmed TMZ’s initial report of Bryant’s death:

—Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020

Soon after, the biggest names in sports tweeted to express their disbelief and remorse.

Many expressed gratitude for Kobe’s influence on the game and reflected on his enduring legacy.

—SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020

—Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 26, 2020

—Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020

—Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020

—Kevin Rashidi (@KevinRashidi) January 26, 2020

—Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020

—Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 26, 2020

—Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 26, 2020

—Evan Engram (@eazyengram) January 26, 2020

—Daniel Norris (@DanielNorris18) January 26, 2020

—Wayne Gretzky (@WayneGretzky) January 26, 2020

—Lance Allred (@lanceallred41) January 26, 2020

—Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) January 26, 2020

—Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) January 26, 2020

—DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020

—Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 26, 2020

—Paul George (@Yg_Trece) January 26, 2020

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—Tyler Wade (@_tylerwade) January 26, 2020

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