Kobe Bryant: Former US president Barack Obama mourns basketball star

Kobe Bryant: Former US president Barack Obama mourns basketball star

- Basketball star and businessman Kobe Byrant died in helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26

- The player died alongside her 13-year-old daughter Gianna in the morning crash

- In his condolence message, Barack Obama described him as a true legend in basketball courts

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Former US president Barack Obama has sent his message of condolence to Kobe Bryant's family following death of the basketball star and his daughter in helicopter crash in California.

Bryant, 41, and her daughter Gianna were on their way to a youth basketball game in the player's private helicopter during the Sunday, January 26, morning crash.

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Kobe Bryant: Former US president Barack Obama mourns basketball star
Kobe Bryant and former US president Barack Obama during a past event. Photo: Getty Images
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Obama joined several other people across the world in mourning the basketball star saying he will pray for the family.

“Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. 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,” he tweeted.
Kobe Bryant: Former US president Barack Obama mourns basketball star
Michelle Obama takking to Kobe Byrant during apast game. Photo: Getty Images
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Obama’s relationship with Bryant dates back years. Bryant visited Obama, a noted basketball fan, repeatedly in the White House, including in 2015 as he prepared to retire from the L.A. Lakers.

Bryant was famous for his incredible work ethic and love for basketball and was once the highest-paid in the NBA.

The 41-year-old walked the path of his father Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, going into basketball immediately after his high school in Philadelphia.

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He kicked off his basketball career in Italy where he grew up, before making a name for himself with LA Lakers.

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Currently, he was the second-highest-paid NBA player behind Kevin Garnett, with LeBron James appearing to catch up quickly.

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