(WVLA/WGMB) — Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people in Calabasas, California Sunday morning.
Bryant, 41, played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five N.B.A. championships. Three of those titles came with LSU basketball alum Shaquille O’Neal as his teammate.
The New Orleans Pelicans held a 24-second moment of silence to start Sunday’s game against the Boston Celtics. The team issued this statement:
“The New Orleans Pelicans join the basketball world in mourning the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Kobe’s transcendent performance on the court and fierce competitiveness inspired millions of fans around the world. We will always remember him as one of the game’s greatest players and his legacy as a global ambassador of the league will live on forever.”
Here are some other reactions from around Louisiana:
Bryant’s death has flooded social media with tributes nationwide.
A large crowd also gathered outside Staples Center Sunday afternoon to mourn Bryant.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement responding to Bryant’s death, saying the basketball “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles.”
“Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved,” the mayor said.
Nexstar Media Group station KTLA contributed to this report.