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NBA superstar Kobe Bryant dies after a helicopter crash

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The world was in shock after hearing the sudden news of an admired athlete gone so soon. NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, died suddenly due to a helicopter crash early Sunday morning. Bryant was among 8 other passengers including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant who all tragically died in the crash in the S-76 Helicopter in Calabasas, California, according to washingtonpost.com. Bryant leaves behind his wife Vanessa, as well as the couple’s other three daughters: Natalia, 17\; Bianka, 3\; and Capri Kobe Bryant, born last June.

Often referred to as “Mamba”, Bryant was one of the most successful athletes in NBA history. Playing for the Los Angeles Lakers for all 20 years of his career, Bryant earned numerous titles including MVP of the year as well as playing in five championship games and playing in 15 all-star games as well.

His fans, family, friends and teammates are all remembering the impact he made on the world via social media. Lebron James, friend and fellow athlete of the Lakers, recalled the first time he met Bryant.

“Just admiring him for so many years and seeing him from afar, and then being able to be in practices with him, and me watching and learning — it’s just too much,” athlete Lebron James said. “The story is just too much. It doesn’t make sense, and just to make a long story short, now I’m here in a Lakers uniform in Philadelphia, where he’s from, where the first time I ever met him he gave me his shoes, it’s just surreal.”

Even off the court, many are remembering Bryant and all of his wonders.

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act,” past President Barack Obama. “To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”

“The world lost a giant today. Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant,” artist Pharell Williams said. “Also praying for the other passengers that we lost and their families.”

Though Kobe Bryant will no longer be present in life, his legacy will last a lifetime.