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Cricket world pays tribute to US basketball legend Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 | CN Staff |

As the world is saddened, shocked and devastated by the death of US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died along with his daughter Ginna in a helicopter crash on Sunday, the world of cricket also paid tribute to the 41-year-old five-time NBA champion with LA Lakers.

Bryant and Gianna were travelling in a private helicopter with seven others when the chopper burst into flames and dropped in Calabasas, California. There were no survivors reported.

Former US President Barack Obama, sports stars and celebrities were among those paying tribute to Bryant ever since the news broke in. Cricketers also mourned the death of Bryant by paying tribute to him through their social media accounts. Here is how the cricket world responded to the shocking news:


What a legend.. Hope he finds peace wherever he is..!! Gone too soon. Rest in peace..!!    -- Nepali national team former skipper Paras Khadka on all social media platforms

Like everyone, I’m stunned, shocked and saddened to hear the horrific news about Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter who died in a helicopter crash. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this extremely sad time ! #RIPKobeBryant – Leg spin legend Shane Warne on Twitter

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 – Virat Kohli on Instagram

RIP @kobebryant and your lovely daughter Gianna!! Will always remember ur game on the court..thoughts are with the family # basketball #legend – Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene on Instagram

A true legend of the sporting world! Rest In Peace dear Kobe and his daughter. May the family have immense strength to overcome this sad time. #RIPLegend – West Indies great Sir Vivian Richards on Twitter

Lost a legend today. RIP "KOBE BRYANT" – Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Twitter

Shocked to hear that Kobe Bryant has passed away   ! Such a great basketball player has just gone  like this , makes us realise life is so vulnerable . RIP legend – Former Indian allrounder Yuvraj Singh on Twitter

Can’t believe it. For so many, being inspired as kids watching him & the legend he became, the love between him & his daughter - truly heartbreaking on so many levels & another sad reminder of how fragile life is. #BlackMambaForever #RIPKobe #RIPGianna – Former England woman cricket Isha Guha on Twitter

Heroes come and go legends live forever. But this still hurts like hell. Very sad day. #RIPKobeBryant you inspired us all. God be with all the families who lost their love ones – West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy on Twitter


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