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Kobe Bryant's death: From the Philippines to Puerto Rico, fans around the world pay tribute

Jul 5th 2020, 8:44 am
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News of the shocking deaths of basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, bbs.qanlima.com continues to reverberate around the globe on Monday. Bryant and the others died Sunday when the helicopter they were on crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California. But the American athlete was mourned far beyond the borders of his home country.

His Italian home feels the loss

Bryant lived in Italy as a child while his father, Joe Bryant, played basketball there, and his death hit many in the country hard. Luca Vecchi, the mayor of the northern Italian town of Reggio Emilia, where Bryant lived, mourned the player in numerous Facebook posts.

"Kobe Bryant grew up here and was for all of us a Reggiano," Vecchi wrote in a post. "A basketball legend that all our city will remember forever with affection and gratitude."

Philippines: House of Kobe court

A new basketball court in Valenzuela City, in Metro Manila, Philippines, dubbed "House of Kobe," had just opened hours before the helicopter crash. It was already decorated with wall-sized murals honoring Bryant, Yahoo Sports reports, but a new mural featuring Bryant and Gianna is being added on Monday. Fans are leaving candles and messages in honor of the crash victims.





















Puerto Rico mourns

One Twitter user shared an image of Bryant's first name displayed on a large sign in Puerto Rico.



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