Cleveland Cavs fans react to death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant

Cleveland Cavs fans react to death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant
FILE - In this June 7, 2009 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file) (Source: Mark J. Terrill)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe!”

Kobe Bryant is gone, but clearly not forgotten. The NBA great is being remembered and mourned a day after the disaster that took his life.

His daughter, Gianna, 13, and seven others perished in the crash.

Even though he spent his whole career with the Los Angeles Lakers, his feats on and off the court have Cava fans talking about him fondly.

“It’s tragic. It’s tragic for everybody, just a punch in the gut. I would say it’s devastating. I want to say I wish the best for is family,” John Baumer said.

“My name is Jonathan Vantilburg. We’re from East Liverpool, Ohio and it’s a shame what happened to him and his family. Can’t even imagine going through what they’re going through right now.”

“I’m rarely affected by celebrity passing. This one definitely stung a little bit. He gave a lot back to the community. he was involved a lot beyond basketball. That’s the real loss there,” another resident said.

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