Magic Johnson Grieves Deaths of LA Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant & His Teen Daughter Gigi
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.
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."
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As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken. I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court. My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. 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. I know basketball fans all over the world will miss him, especially the City of Los Angeles. He was such an icon but also did so much for LA. He was passionate about serving the homeless and was an advocate for women's basketball. Coaching his daughter’s basketball team brought him so much happiness. Kobe and I shared so many special conversations about life and basketball. We had so much in common off the court. I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy. I will miss those conversations and him so much. Laker Nation, the game of basketball and our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie and I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri, as well as his parents Joe and Pam and his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family. We love you forever. 🙏🏾❤️ #8 #24
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.
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.