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Kobe Bryant death: Lakers release statement on loss of franchise legend

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The Los Angeles Lakers took to Instagram on Wednesday to release a statement following the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. 

“We are devastated and have been forever changed by the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,” the post reads. “We send our love to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and to the families of the other passengers. Words cannot express what Kobe means to the Los Angeles Lakers, our fans, and our city. More than a basketball player, he was a beloved father, husband, and teammate. Their love and light will remain in our hearts forever.

“The Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to support the families affected by this tragedy. To help, please visit MambaOnThree.org. For those who are inspired to continue Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org.”

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, also released her first public comments on the tragedy on Wednesday. 

The Lakers organization has been greatly impacted by the Kobe and Gianna’s deaths, with Tuesday’s game against the Clippers postponed to allow more time for players and the front office to grieve.

Lakers executives, including Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis, gathered at the team’s facility on Sunday following the news, according to the LA Times. General manager Rob Pelinka, who was Bryant’s agent and a close family friend, reportedly also spent time on Sunday with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa.

An 18-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first-teamer, Bryant led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired after the 2015-16 season, having spent his entire career with the Lakers. The franchise retired his No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in December 2017.

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