‘Rest easy legend’: Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker lead tributes to Kobe Bryant as basketball legend is killed in California helicopter crash
- Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and four other people were killed when his private helicopter went down in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning
- Tributes poured in from across the world of sport for the former LA Lakers star
- Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker tweeted their respects following the news
- NFL icon Tom Brady and a host of top sports teams also paid their respects
Raheem Sterling and Gary Lineker led the tributes after it was confirmed that basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star was confirmed as one of the five people on board in the crash which occurred in Calabasas, California.
Manchester City forward Sterling tweeted, ‘Rest easy legend’, along with a photo of the 41-year-old in his prime playing years.
Tributes came from across the world of sport after news that basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning
Former England striker and now prominent television host Lineker added: ‘Oh no. How awful. One of the greatest sportsmen of our lifetime. Utterly tragic.’
New England Patriots quarterback and American football legend Tom Brady posted a message alongside two heart emojis and two prayer hands.
He wrote: ‘We miss you already Kobe.’
The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star’s death was confirmed by TMZ. The outlet reported that Bryant was traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.
Bryant is seen with wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia and Gianna in February 2018
Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10am after a fire broke out.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Witnesses reported hearing the helicopter’s engine sputtering before it went down.
Bryant established himself as one of the most transcendent sportsman in his generation and quickly became universally adored across the globe.
Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and a host of other top European football teams were quick to offer their condolences after the news broke on Sunday evening.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, a keen basketball fan, was stunned by the news, writing: ‘No this can‘t be true. R.I.P. King – we will miss you all! Prayers are with the family.’
More to follow.