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Fans in India pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with candlelight vigils, court murals, speed paintings, and more

Since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna along with seven others in a helicopter this past Sunday (Jan. 26), the tributes have flown in from all over the world.

That should come as no surprise. Bryant had made Los Angeles his home since he was 18.

However, over the course of his career, he had grown into a global icon, touching and inspiring the lives of millions of people all across the world.

Since his passing, basketball fans in India have mourned his death by paying tributes to 'The Black Mamba' in their very different ways:

Vilas Nayak, an art performer at multiple renowned shows like Asia's Got Talent, UN General assembly, and India's Got talent, showed his love for Bryant with this tribute:

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Mamba forever! Tribute to Kobe Bryant.. Thank you for inspiring a generation #KobeBryant #Gianna #NBA #Legend #Tribute #RIP #Mamba #Lakers #LA

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Todd shared this video of a Bryant poster in the city of Aizawl, Mizoram.

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YOU DESERVE IT!! #ripkobe #kobebryant #mambamentality #24 #8

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Some communities came together to pay tribute to the 5-time Champion with a court mural:

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A tribute to the legend @kobebryant by mastan ymca team.... Kb 8/24 🐍#mamba style#Remembering#RIP😥 @ekalavyas # @streetball_league# @overtimeind # @maharashtrabasketball # @india_basketball

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There were candlelight vigils held in Bryant's honour. Here's a look at some of them:

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'Kobe love' was palpable last night among the passionate @mizohoops community in Aizawl. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' played in the background. Dare you to swipe 👉 to the end without getting teary eyed. #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever #RIPmamba #BlackMamba #MambaOut #8 #24

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In Loving Memory Of Kobe Bryant @kobebryant And Gigi ( Kobe's Daughter ) It's Been 15 Years,I'm Seeing This Greatest Of All Time Playing Basketball 🏀 Whether It's On The Court Or Off The Court,This Guy Had Remarkable And Cherishing Journey In The History Of NBA. Those Buzzer Beaters,Clutchs,Dagger And Fadeaway ☮️ His Legacy- 5× NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010) 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010) NBA Most Valuable Player (2008) 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2016) 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) 11× All-NBA First Team (2002-2004, 2006-2013) 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001) 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005) 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006-2011) 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012) 2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007) NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997) NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997) Nos. 8 & 24 retired by Los Angeles Lakers Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996) First-team Parade All-American (1996) Points 33,643 (25.0 ppg) Rebounds 7,047 (5.2 rpg) Assists 6,306 (4.7 apg) Kobe Bryant won the Oscar for best short animated film "Dear Basketball" A Whole Lotta More 🏀🤧 The Greatest Of All Time ☮️🏀 Heroes Come And Go,Legends Are Forever 🙌☮️ So Much To Give ☮️🙌 We Heartly Pray For Bryant Family ☮️🙌 May You Rest In Peace ✌🏻 #MambaOut #CarpeDiem

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DBA Club, in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh pays tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. 📷 via @superhandles_4 #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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Kobe Bryant memorial gathering held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurugram a short while ago. 📷 via @sumi_love007 #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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Silent candle light memorial at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam 🎥 courtesy @mr.beast_07 #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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🎥 via @stubborn_sports #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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Xavier College, Ranchi pays tribute to the Late Kobe Bryant. 📷 courtesy: @pramod_munda #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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Other communities had moment of silences and intentional violations (24 or 8 second) as their tribute to the Laker legend.

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A remembrance yesterday in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 🎥 courtesy @par_ven_dan #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever #RIPmamba #BlackMamba

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Intentional eight second violations by teams during the 5th All India Tournament at Wadia Stadium in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, in memory of the late Kobe Bryant. 🎥 courtesy @nhooda____ #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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A moment of silence after a Kobe Bryant memorial exhibition game in Goa between Sonics Club and Lourdes Convent at Sonics, Porvorim. 🎥 courtesy @sonicsporvorim #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever

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In fact, Bryant's fandom in India goes beyond sports.

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"Kobe" chants during last night's Bengaluru FC vs Hyderabad FC @indiansuperleague game at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. 🎥: @vachan.cr #RIPkobe #Kobe #KobeBryant #MambaForever #MambaMentality #KobeForever #RIPmamba #BlackMamba #MambaOut #8 #24 #Mambacita

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A huge shoutout to the Ekalavyas social account for sharing these tributes from all over India.

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