Distraught athletes, fans, politicians and celebrities have paid emotional tributes to NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant in the hours after he and his 13-year-old daughter were killed in a helicopter crash.
Former Lakers president Magic Johnson couldn't stop "crying all morning" after news broke that the legendary Lakers player was one of nine people on board a private helicopter which went down at about 10am on Sunday (local time), sparking a fire.
"It's hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players," Johnson said.
As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/X2vF0M0a1u— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020