NBA star LeBron James was seen wiping his tears as he landed at Los Angeles International Airport following the death of his idol and friend Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers were on the way to Los Angeles in their jet when they were slammed with the terrible news of Kobe Bryant’s death.
Upon landing at the LAX, LeBron James, who admitted always looking up to Bryant, broke into tears and shared a hug with fellow Lakers and colleagues.
The emotional footage was taken moments after Kobe Bryant, the 41-year-old NBA legend, has passed away alongside his daughter and other crew members as their chopper crashed.
Both the father and his daughter, Gianna, have tragically passed away as their helicopter crashed during thick fog in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, January 26.
To pay a tribute to the Bryant family, masses of people have taken to the Los Angeles Staples Center cladded in basketball jerseys and caps.
The mourners, who were struck by the sudden death of their beloved sportsman, were also seen assembling in other places and cities including New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Fans also paid a tribute to the 41-year-old NBA legend just outside Thousand Oaks’ Mamba Academy in California where Bryant, who founded the arena, was allegedly on his way to when the crash occurred.
Meanwhile, millions of people, including thousands of prominent figures, politicians, and celebrities, have taken to social media to pay their respects to Mr. Bryant and his daughter.
“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school. Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration,” Lakers’ LeBron James said in his tribute.
“It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation.
“He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So, just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling.”
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