Heartwrenching Pictures Show How People Are Mourning the Death of Kobe Bryant | 22 Words

On Sunday night, it was announced that the basketball star, his daughter and 7 other people had died in a tragic helicopter accident. Upon hearing the news of Kobe Bryant's death, fans all across the globe have taken the time out to mourn, celebrate and appreciate the life he led.

These heartwrenching photographs taken in the past few days emphasize just how much he meant to his fans.

Keep scrolling to see just how much of an impact he had on all of our lives.

Fans gathered at a makeshift mural...

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There are balloons, candles, flowers dotted about everywhere.

A theatre in Los Angeles displayed this message...

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In homage to the late basketball star.

Restaurants painted his Lakers jersey number on their windows...

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A whole city throbbing in pain.

Fans gathered together...

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To support each other through this difficult time.

Some paid tribute to Kobe with his iconic throw.

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They gathered in groups to throw paper balls into a make-shift hoop, shouting "for Kobe" as they did so.

And the flowers bloomed...

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Beautiful purple and gold flowers dotted the area, bright and comforting for those in attendance.

And notes from his loyal fans...

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"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die."

Fans also gathered outside the Staples Center.

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A place considered his "home."

And there were many basketballs laid out.

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In the message, it reads: "Time is limited... It can't be wasted on distractions."

Candles help to light up the handwritten notes from fans...

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Each message emphasizes how much of an inspiration he was to those around him.

Fans hugged each other...

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Standing in solidarity to remember a legend.

Jersey shirts were laid out across the floor...

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Until the ground could not be seen anymore.

"Thank you, Kobe!"

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A man writes a personal message under a thank you note.

People from all over the world came together for this moment.

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They stood shoulder-to-shoulder, united.

Outside Kobe's sports academy, lay a heartwarming vigil.

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With notes stuck to the wall.

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Mamba Sports Academy is now decorated with heartfelt messages.

Murals are popping up all over the city...

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This beautiful piece depicts Kobe and his daughter Gigi, who also lost her life in this tragic accident.

Here's a close up of the art.

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The father-daughter duo are smiling and they hold onto each other.

A man cries while watching a video of the basketball star.

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He has turned away from the scene because it's just too much for him to bear.

"Rest in peace Kobe."

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Memorabilia and photographs poured in, so people can't forget the star.

Someone also replaced the sign at 5th Avenue Bryant Park...

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So it reads "Kobe Bryant Park" instead.

Fans continue to mourn his death...

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It will be difficult for them to come to terms with this tragedy.

Fans dressed in "Bryant" tops as they took to the streets.

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Billboards displayed graphics of the late basketball star.

A woman prays as she hears of the news...

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She grieves with the rest of the fans.

Another fan falls to his knees in front of the memorial...

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He cries.

Other fans sit on the sidewalk together...

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The news of the helicopter crash spreads around the world.

"Thank you for the memories."

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These fans stand outside Kobe's sports academy and reminisce together.

After laying flowers on the ground...

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These fans stand and cry.

Another heartbreaking mural pops up...

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It depicts one of the most successful moments for the basketballer. He's clutching his Lakers jersey.

Young fans gather to play the "Kobe" game...

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On the make-shift hoop, the words "you know what to do" are written.

Fans look out onto the site where the helicopter crashed...

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It is a painful reminder of how the NBA legend, his daughter and the other 7 victims died.

A man carries flowers in his back-pack...

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As he makes his way to the Staples Center to lay them down at the memorial.

A vigil was also started outside his former high school...

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Flowers and basketballs lay on the ground outside Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School, where Kobe Bryant formally attended school.

The area was cordoned off...

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So people could pay their respects as they wished...

A close friend of Kobe Bryant sits at a press conference...

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Guy Stewart sobs as he talks about his late friend at the high school.

Young basketball players in India light candles upon hearing about the accident.

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The tragic news of Kobe's passing sent shockwaves all over the globe.

And players at the US Open heard about it via a spokesperson...

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Nadal is wearing a Lakers cap instead of his usual to pay tribute.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios arrived on the court in a Lakers shirt...

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He had his head in his hands as he battled for the tennis title on day 8 of the tournament.

This has been a devastating loss for the sporting community.

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And for the world.

Rest in peace Kobe Bryant.

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You will truly be missed.