AC Milan players and club legends pay tribute to Kobe Bryant – photos

By Oliver Fisher -

The sporting world was rocked on Sunday by the news that legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash.

The 41-year-old and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among the nine killed when the aircraft came down in Calabasas.

Bryant was a five-time NBA champions with the Los Angeles Lakers and a keen Milan fan from his time growing up in Italy, something which he has never hidden.

He was quoted as saying upon a visit to Milanello during the 2013-14 season: “I’ve always said if you cut off my left arm it’ll bleed black and red and if you cut off my right arm it’ll bleed yellow and purple.”

Below are some of the tributes that have poured in from the Rossoneri family…

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Rest in peace Kobe. Legends never die ❤️

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It’s taken me hours to work out what to write and still my words won’t ever be enough to describe how I am feeling after the tragic loss of Kobe. This was one special athlete, husband, father and friend. Having to write these words is hard enough but also knowing we have lost an amazing human being and his beautiful and talented daughter Gianna is heartbreaking. The commitment Kobe showed to his sport was inspiring, to go through the pain and to finish a game off like only he could inspired me to try to be better. Sometimes I would only go to games just to watch that clock go down to the last 2:00 minutes knowing that we were about to witness something special. Kobe always talked about Vanessa and his beautiful girls and how proud he was of them. Kobe’s passion was his family and basketball. He was determined to inspire the next generation of boys and girls to embrace the sport that he loved. His legacy will live on. My family’s love and prayers go out to Vanessa and the girls, to Kobe’s basketball family, and of course to the families of those who were tragically lost with him yesterday… 💛💜

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