Sports world shaken by death of Kobe Bryant

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Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a crash in Calabasas, California, ABC News has confirmed.

Several of Bryant's fellow athletes in the NBA and beyond expressed their grief on social media in reaction to the tragic news.

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There are no words to express the pain I’m going through now with this tragic and sad moment of loosing my neice Gigi & my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW !

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