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Los Angeles Lakers Stars, NBA Players and Celebrities Mourn the Late Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, Kanye West and more pay tribute to the NBA legend.

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Los Angeles Lakers Stars, NBA Players and Celebrities Mourn the Late Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, Kanye West and more pay tribute to the NBA legend.

The tragic news of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Maria-Onore’s deaths has left the world stunned. As grief-stricken fans rushed to Staples Center in Los Angeles to mourn the NBA legend on Sunday afternoon, public figures from sports, entertainment and beyond have also taken to social media to honor the Los Angeles Lakers star.

Basketball greats Michael Jordan and Shaq, former U.S. president Barack Obama, musicians Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Normani, Lizzo, John Legend and Drake are among the many celebrities who paid their respects on Twitter and Instagram.

The basketball player’s longtime sneaker endorser, Nike, has issued a statement in memory of the athlete:

“Along with millions of athletes and fans throughout the world, we are devastated by today’s tragic news. We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe, especially his family and friends. He was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sport and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever.”

Converse, Supreme and Stussy are also among brands that paid tribute to Bryant.

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