Kobe Bryant lit up the world, and now the world returns the favor

Zach Brook
NBC Sports Washington

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.

Alex Ovechkin was at a loss for words. Dwayne Haskins lost a man that he, as well as many others, idolized.

As cities mourn across the world, purple and gold lights have begun to illuminate the skies, far beyond Los Angeles. 

New York City

Chicago

Hollywood, Florida

Houston

Philadelphia

Manila, Philippines

Toronto, Ontario

Kobe Bryant transcended the game of basketball. He, his daughter Gianna, and all of those affected will not be forgotten. 

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