- Lebron James has paid tribute to the legendary LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant
- The Lakers point-guard became the third-highest-scoring player after beating Bryant's record by one point in their game
- Sadly, he passed on in a helicopter crash that claimed nine lives in total
Kobe was courtside when Lebron surpassed his 33 643 points during a game against the Philadelphia Sixers.
The basketball legend, alongside eight others including his 13-year-old daughter, perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.
The helicopter’s pilot was told by the traffic controller that he was flying too low moments before he crashed in thick fog on the west coast.
The sporting world has been mourning the loss of one of their biggest icons and Lebron has finally broken his silence in an emotional message on social media.
"I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had!
"I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly back to LA. Didn't think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we'd have.
"I'm heartbroken and devastated my brother. Man, I love you, big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids.
"I promise you I'll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us here especially. #LakerNation and it is my responsibility to put this sh*t on my back and keep it going!!
"Please give me strength from the heavens and watch over me! I got US here! There's so much more I want to say but just can't right now because I can't get through it!
"Until we meet again my brother!! #Mama4life #Gigi4life."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that former US president, Barack Obama, had sent his message of condolences to Kobe Bryant's family.
Obama joined several other people around the world in mourning the basketball star, saying he would pray for the family.
Obama’s relationship with Bryant dates back years. Bryant visited Obama, a noted basketball fan, repeatedly in the White House, including in 2015 as he prepared to retire from the LA Lakers.
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