The Margin: Kobe Bryant’s death: Messages of shock and sadness pour in

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Kobe Bryant, one of the all-time NBA greats — a legend even before he finally hung it up in 2016 — was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

He was 41 years old.

TMZ reported that Bryant was one of at least four passengers in the private helicopter flying over Calabasas, Calif., when a fire broke out and caused the chopper to fall from the sky, killing everyone on board.

Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was reportedly not among the victims, but apparently his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in the crash. Here’s a recent video of Bryant and Gianna together at a basketball game:

There was an outpouring of shock across social media, where Bryant’s last message on Twitter TWTR, -2.07% were words of congratulations for LeBron James, who’d just taken Bryant’s place as No. 3 on the NBA scoring list:

More than a million messages of heartbreak and remembrance blew up on social media as word of Bryant’s death spread around the globe.

From the sports world:

From show business:

From the political arena:

And from overseas:

Bryant was a Los Angeles Laker for two decades, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before his retirement in 2016.

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