The world of international basketball mourns. NBA legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday (26/1/2020) United States time or Monday (27/1/2020) in the morning WIB. Kobe died at the age of 41.
The former Los Angeles Lakers player died in a helicopter crash. This deadly accident claimed the lives of four other people including Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria.
Kobe Bryant’s helicopter is believed to have crashed at around 10:00 am local time, near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road. At that time Kobe was about to depart from his residence in the Orange County area.
It was foggy at that time. Los Angeles Police confirmed there were no survivors in the helicopter crash.
The news of the death of Kobe Bryant made many sports people, especially basketball, hit. Kobe is considered as one of the figures who played a major role in popularizing basketball and the NBA.
After the Michael Jordan era, it was Kobe Bryant who became an idol and inspired children around the world. The figure of Kobe Bryant made many children interested in playing basketball.
Many young basketball players today are inspired by Kobe Bryant so that they can finally successfully penetrate the NBA stage.
“My favorite player growing up just left for good. I can’t believe this is actually happening. Rest in peace Kobe. Legend lives forever,” Latvian NBA player Kristaps Porzingis said on Instagram.
“Heart broken. My hero. My idol. The reason I started playing this game, the reason I fell in love with this game. Growing up wanting to be like you, you being a mentor, so grateful for everything you have done for me,” said Boston Celtics starlet Jayson Tatum.