World reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death: ‘RIP LEGEND’

Athletes from across the world have reacted to the death of former NBA star Kobe Bryant at age 41.

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A fan reacts to the news that former NBA player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, as he stands outside the Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant, one of the most important and influential athletes of his generation, died Sunday in a helicopter crash in California. An 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion, he made an indelible impact on athletes across the planet with his passion both on and off the court.

As news of Bryant’s death at age 41 spread across the sports world, there was an outpouring of shock, sadness, respect and admiration for the former Laker. At Staples Center, fans have already assembled to create a memorial in his honor. Athletes in other sports, such as Tom Brady and CC Sabathia, have shared their thoughts.

President Donald Trump called it “terrible news.”

Former President Barack Obama sent his love and prayers to the Bryant family on an “unthinkable day.”

Here’s a look at how his peers in basketball have reacted to the heartbreaking news:

Former NBA players and legends

Current NBA stars

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