Thursday marks the three-year anniversary of the helicopter crash that killed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
Bryant, nicknamed the “Black Mamba,” who was 41 when he died, spent his entire 20-year NBA career in Los Angeles.
An 18-time All-Star, 15-time NBA player, and 5-time champion, Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021.
Reactions from around the sports world poured in as a tribute to the great NBA player.
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With a photo of Kobe and Gianna smiling, the Lakers tweeted, “Today and forever.”
Nice Kicks noted, “Jayson Tatum is wearing his Kobe Bryant Black Mamba-inspired Air Jordan 37 Low PE tonight for the anniversary of Kobe’s passing.”
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Daily Loud wrote: “On this day 3 years ago we lost Kobe Bryant and GiGi Bryant. RIP.”
Featuring a Bryant tribute video, Complex Spots posted: “Long live Kobe Bryant.”
Aspen Sports & Society highlighted Kobe’s passion for women in sports: “On the third anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death, we remember Kobe’s passion for helping kids access sports, especially girls like his daughter Gigi”. as a man can do.
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Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters.
Along with Kobe and Gianna, other victims of the fatal crash in Calabasas, California, were 13-year-old Payton Chester; Sarah Chester, 45; Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Keri Altobelli, 46; Juan Altobelli, 56; Christina Mauser, 38; and Ara Zobayan, 50.
The NBA has since named the All-Star Game MVP award after the man who first donned jersey number 8 before switching to number 24.
Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report.