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Kobe Bryant’s Death Inspires Touching NBA Tributes

Here's what everyone is saying .

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Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in southern California on Sunday morning. The former NBA superstar was 41 and his daughter was only 13 years old.

Bryant was a once-in-a-generation talent who spent 20 years in the NBA, which he entered after graduating from Lower Marion High School in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Tributes to Bryant came quickly from fans and players alike.

Just hours after the tragic news hit of Bryant’s death, the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs each intentionally incurred a shot-clock violation of exactly 24 seconds, a nod to the number Bryant wore for the majority of his career.

Former teammate Shaquille O’Neil has said he is “sick” over the shock and grief of losing his teammate and good friend of many years.

Fellow Lakers legend Magic Johnson said his “mind is racing,” and that he is in disbelief at the news.

Former President Barack Obama, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, and quarterback Colin Kapernick were among those from outside the world of basketball who paid their respects, a testament to Bryant’s broader influence.

At the Grammys, which were coincidentally being held at the Staples Center—where Bryant played his home games—Lizzo opened the show by telling the audience “Tonight is for Kobe.” Hers was the first of several Bryant remembrances seen that took place during the show.

There were also plenty of tributes to John Altobelli, the longtime coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team, who was in the helicopter along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa.

The others on board were pilot Ara Zobayan, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, and Christina Mauser, a girls basketball coach in Orange County.

The crash is currently under investigation, so for now all we can do is send our best to the families and hope some clarity emerges. For families everywhere, this is awful news.

This story is developing.