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India's biggest sports icons and Bollywood mourn the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant

For India, the first reports of Kobe Bryant's passing away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California came in the very early hours of Monday (January 27th).

Most probably more than half the nation would have been asleep then. By the time the sun rose on a new week for India, it had been confirmed that 'The Black Mamba' and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine killed in the crash.

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Bryant was a global icon.

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He was among the most popular and most polarizing athletes, maybe of all time. The stature of Indian personalities that were sending their love and prayers to Bryant's family shows the level of respect the 5-time NBA Champion had garnered halfway across the world.

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RIP Kobe and Gigi 😢💔 He was my idol. My favorite player growing up. You will be missed. My prayers are with all families involved in this tragedy. This news has left me disbelief. My heart is shattered. There will never be another Kobe Bryant. Basketball will never be the same without you. #GOAT #8 #24

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Absolutely devastated to hear this news today. So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court that I would be mesmerized by. Life is so unpredictable and fickle. His daughter Gianna passed away too in the crash. Iam absolutely Heartbroken. Rest in peace. Strength and condolences to the family 🙏

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Thank you 🙏🏼 for changing the definition of Basketball! #gonetoosoonbutneverforgotten #legendsneverdie

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Sad day for the sporting world today. One of the greats of the game gone too soon. Rest in peace Kobe Bryant and his little daughter Gianna and the other victims

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Absolutely devastated to hear this news. Unbelievable!!! Thank you for being an inspiration and leading the way and paving the path for the rest to follow. I feel so heavy at the moment. May your soul rest in peace #kobe 🙌🙏 #mambaforever #24 #8

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Rest in peace legend 🙏🏻

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It's so painful to see you go like this, rest easy legend. #ripkobebryant

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Rest in Peace

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Still can't believe he is gone. It will take long time to get through this untimely demise. Besides being one of the greatest player what made him special was a dotting father. His life has been great source of inspiration for me. Rest in peace Black Mamba #legend #foreverinourhearts #blackmamba #nba #gonetoosoon

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