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Cricket world pays tribute to US basketball legend Kobe Bryant

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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