- Nigerian celebrities have taken to social media to mourn the death of retired American basketball player Kobe Bryant
- The basketball player and his child, Gianna, died on Sunday, January 26
- It was reported that the father and daughter died in a helicopter crash
Legit.ng had earlier reported that retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player, Kobe Bryant, has passed away in a helicopter crash that happened on Sunday, January 26, just before the Grammys. The retired basketballer and his daughter, Gianna, passed away in the crash.
The helicopter crashed near Calabasas in Los Angeles, California. It was reported that nine people died in the fatal crash, including the pilot.
Bryant was heading to a youth basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy with his 13-year-old daughter. The NBA star, who was an advocate for young athletes opened the academy as a training center for young athletes a year ago.
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Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the legendary basketball player.
Celebrities like Falz, Toke Makinwa, Davido, Peter Okoye, Basketmouth, Mercy Aigbe, Mike Ezuruonye, and others took their Instagram page to pay their respect to the deceased father and daughter.
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Kemi Adetiba: “I’m in shock. No words. Absolutely no words. I’ll have to come back for the words #BlackMamba”
Leo Da Silva: ” Rest easy to a man that made me love basketball. R.I.P Mamba #24forever “
Beverly Naya: “Kobe Bryant, can’t even believe this. RIP, no words!”
The 41-year-old up until his death, was the winner of five NBA championships and 18 All-Star titles before he retired in 2016.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that BBNaija star, Thelma, took to social media to criticize Nigerians mourning Kobe Bryant. According to her, they didn't celebrate him when he was alive and they are now doing so after his death.
Controversial Nigerian comedian, popularly known as Mr Jollof, also joined Thelma, platform, saying that Nigerians are a mad set of people for flooding social media with rest in peace messages even though they never celebrated him when he was alive.
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