President Barack Obama paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after the loss of life of the Lakers legend in a helicopter crash.
Former President of the United States Barack Obama has paid Kobe Bryant a heartfelt tribute after the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a close to helicopter crash from Calabasas, California, Sunday morning.
TMZ was the primary to report that Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, had been amongst these aboard the helicopter when it fell in the Calabasas Hills and one hearth broke out. The accident occurred earlier than 10 a.m. and the fireplace made it troublesome for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the airplane, in keeping with the Los Angeles Times.
"Kobe was a legend on the ground and just starting what would have been just as significant a second act," Obama wrote on Twitter. "Losing Gianna is even more heartbreaking for us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the whole Bryant family one day unthinkable."
Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers visited Obama on the White House in 2010 to have fun the 15th staff champion title.
The 18-star All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first staff led the Lakers to 5 NBA championships and scored 33,643 factors in 20 years in the NBA profession. Bryant retired after the 2015-16 season, having spent his total profession with the Lakers. The franchise withdrew their jersey numbers eight and 24 in December 2017.
He was 17 when he was chosen with the 13th choose in the NBA draft in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets earlier than being traded to the Lakers. He turned the chief of the Lakers franchise in factors, video games performed, three factors, interceptions and free throws.
Obama is enthusiastic about basketball and comically imitated Bryant's "Mamba out" signing when he spoke on the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2016.
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday about Bryant's loss of life and wrote: "There are reports that the great basketball Kobe Bryant and three others were killed in a helicopter crash in California. C & # 39; is terrible news! "
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident. LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva instructed reporters that 9 individuals had been on the airplane – the pilot and eight individuals.