Kobe Bryant meant more to the world than he will ever have known. Bryant's untimely death shocked the world on Sunday afternoon after a helicopter he, his daughter, and seven other people were on, crashed.
Following the tragic death of the NBA legend, people all over the world took time to show how Bryant impacted them
From teammates like Shaquille O'Neal to leaders like Barack Obama, people across the globe, the majority of them he never even knew, stopped what they were doing, and reflected on what Bryant meant to them.
Washington D.C. sports icons were taken aback by the heartbreaking news.
As cities mourn across the world, purple and gold lights have begun to illuminate the skies, far beyond Los Angeles.
New York City
Our lights will shine in purple and gold this evening as we pay tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, an inspiration to millions across the globe who was taken too soon. Our hearts go out to all of the families, friends, and fans affected by this tragedy. #824Forever pic.twitter.com/m84TbQ2d3y
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) January 27, 2020
Purple and gold at the top of the Willis Tower pic.twitter.com/nSNLYjDkyj
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) January 27, 2020
Mamba Forever 💛💜 Rest In Peace, Kobe.
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— Seminole Hard Rock (@HardRockHolly) January 27, 2020
Houston City Hall is lit up tonight to remember Kobe Bryant, former University of Houston baseball player John Altobelli and the rest of the victims in today's tragedy in California. #RIP pic.twitter.com/EuQfIII3bq
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 27, 2020
📸: Uptown Bonifacio pic.twitter.com/2GBXgR8pqk
— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 27, 2020
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant transcended the game of basketball. He, his daughter Gianna, and all of those affected will not be forgotten.
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Kobe Bryant lit up the world, and now the world returns the favor originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington