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Shareef O'Neal shares direct messages he had with Kobe Bryant just before helicopter crash

Ryan Young
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NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside of Los Angeles, news that sent the sports world into shock.

Shareef O’Neal — the son of Bryant’s longtime teammate on the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal — was among those devastated by the news, and took to social media in utter shock on Sunday morning.

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Shareef also shared a screenshot of an Instagram direct message between him and Bryant from Sunday morning, where Bryant asked him if he was good.

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Shareef then shared a tribute to Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who was also killed in the crash.

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Shareef played in 13 games for UCLA this season, however announced this week that he is leaving the university. The former four-star recruit missed his freshman season last year and had to redshirt after he was diagnosed with a right anomalous coronary artery and had to undergo open-heart surgery.

Shaq shared a tribute to Bryant on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, too.

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Shaq's son, Shareef, received a direct message from Kobe Bryant on Sunday morning, just before he was killed in a helicopter crash.
Shaq's son, Shareef, received a direct message from Kobe Bryant on Sunday morning, just before he was killed in a helicopter crash. (Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Getty Images)
Remembering Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna (Getty/AP Images)
Remembering Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna (Getty/AP Images)

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