Photos and videos show makeshift Kobe Bryant memorials where fans are mourning the basketball legend who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday
Basketball icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California. He was 41. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, was also killed in the private helicopter crash. Fans gathered at makeshift memorials to mourn. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more.
Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, 41, was killed in a crash of his private helicopter on Sunday in Calabasas, California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff said that eight other people on the helicopter, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, were killed when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed. Thousands of fans gathered at the crash site, at Bryant's Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, and outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Bryant became a legend playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.SEE ALSO: Kobe Bryant Sikorsky S-76 Kobe Bryant was famous for using his Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, a type that has a strong safety record Lakers fans gathered at the LA Live plaza outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where they learned that Bryant had died.
The Los Angeles Police Department said that fans would not be able to access the area due to the Grammy Awards, which were scheduled to take place in the Staples Center. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1221535287047667712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw We're aware of published reports regarding the helicopter crash in Calabasas today & we're still in the process of confirming with @LASDHQ who was on board. As a reminder, the area around the Staples Center is closed due to the Grammys & fans will not be able to access the arena. That did not seem to stop mourners from continuing to gather, though.
Screens outside the Staples Center displayed a memorial to Bryant throughout the day following the crash.
Fans left flowers, basketballs, and sneakers in memory of Bryant.
Others fans brought posters and photos ...
... And even wreaths.
Many of the mourners wore their Kobe jerseys.
A lot of fans were left in tears.
There were candles, jerseys, and even music as people mourned. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1221579731289534464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw A second smaller makeshift memorial is forming while someone plays "I'll Be Missing You" pic.twitter.com/LIbKRPtNXD Fans also gathered near the crash site ...
... And Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.
Outside of Los Angeles, the entire sports world was in mourning. New York City's Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks were set to play the Brooklyn Nets, was lit in the Lakers colors in tribute.
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Security footage shows Kobe Bryant's helicopter vanishing into thick LA fog moments before it crashed, killing all 9 people on board
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