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Magic Johnson Grieves Deaths of LA Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant & His Teen Daughter Gigi

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jan 28, 2020
05:51 A.M.
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Magic Johnson took to his social media pages to mourn his friend, Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash less than a day ago.


Since the passing of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore, almost a day ago, many celebrities have paid tribute to the duo via their social media pages.

Magic Johnson attends the Broadway Opening Night performance for The Roundabout Theatre Company's "A Soldier's Play" at the American Airlines Theatre | Photo: Getty Images


Among those to remember Kobe in the aftermath of the distressing news per a CBS Sports report, was one his fellow Lakers legends, Earvin' Magic' Johnson.

A saddened Magic paid his tribute to the fallen star in an Instagram post that came with a series of images. 

While a couple of the photos were of Kobe, famously called “The Black Mamba,” and his daughter, a few other pictures featured Kobe and Magic.


The last image, however, was one that featured all five members of Kobe's family. In some parts of the emotional caption, Magic stated:

"Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players. He gave his knowledge, time, and talent to tutor so many at the youth level, collegiate level, and NBA and WNBA players. Words can't express the impact that he had on the game of basketball."


The former Lakers point guard added that he would not only miss the conversations that he had with Kobe but would also miss the basketball legend.

The finished his emotional post with the promise that he and his family would "always be here for the Bryant family. We love you forever."


CNN pointed out that Magic also took to Twitter to reflect on Kobe's life as he referred to him as "a friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner, and greatest Laker of all-time."

Fans, in turn, had turned up in the thousands at the Staples Center, where celebrities who had gathered for the 62nd Grammy Awards, to show their respect to Kobe.


According to LA Times, these fans had dressed up in purple and yellow and white jerseys with the numbers 8 and 24 across their chests and his name — BRYANT — boldly written across their backs.

The late 41-year-old and his daughter had died in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of seven other people, including the pilot.

CNN divulged that Kobe and GiGi, as she was fondly called, had been expected for a basketball game which was scheduled for Sunday at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.

Former NBA player Magic Johnson on stage during the 29th Annual Achilles Gala Honoring president and CEO of Cinga David Cordani with "Volunteer of the Year Award" at Cipriani South Street | Photo: Getty Images

The other people who died in the crash included baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter, Alyssa, and his wife Keri, and an assistant girls basketball coach, Christina Mauser.