Kobe Bryant leaving this earth in such a tragic way had hurt millions of people around the country.
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people reportedly killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.
NBA icon Jerry West spoke this evening on ABC’s “Kobe Bryant: Death of a Legend” special and he was understandably heartbroken about the devastating news.
“I am so saddened for Kobe’s parents, Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, Capri, Kobe’s sisters and all of the NBA fans that hold Kobe in their hearts,” West wrote in a statement. “This loss of Kobe, Gianna and everyone on board is beyond tragic and incomprehensible.
“I will love Kobe forever and always cherish the time that I spent with him. I watched him grow from an energetic kid into the man he became, making a difference in so many people’s life. He has left the world a better place, Kobe’s legacy will life forever.”
West later spoke on ABC with visible tears in his eyes.
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