Kobe Bryant’s Final Instagram Post Was a Heartfelt Tribute to LeBron James | 22 Words

Breaking news is just in that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. He was just forty-one-years-old. Nine people are now confirmed to be dead.

The star was known for being one of the greatest players of all time, with a career with the Lakers spanning 2 decades. It appears Bryant's daughter, Gianna was also on board the helicopter with her father, and has died in the crash. Celebrities have reached out to leave touching tributes for the star as the news hit everyone hard. However, for Lebron James, it was more than devastating and Kobe's final Instagram post explains why...

Keep scrolling for everything we know so far.

For those of you that aren't aware, Kobe Bryant is a legend.

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After he left high school, he entered the NBA directly and went onto win five championships.

He was one of the world's best shooting guards.

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Kobe Bryant made history on many occasions. His twenty-year career in the NBA saw him become the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history in 2010. At thirty-four years old, he also became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. What an achievement.

However, in 2016, he retired.

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After a string of injuries began taking their toll on his body, he decided it would be best to leave the game, though that didn't stop him from coaching and doing extra work on the side in order to aid the NBA.

He made sure he went out with a bang.

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Who could ever forget that final game? The Lakers versus Utah Jazz. The latter team didn't stand a chance after seeing Kobe score sixty points in the game, which became a career highlight for the basketballer.

It saddens me to bring you such heartbreaking news.

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It has been confirmed that Kobe Bryant has tragically died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning. The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirms.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

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But tragically, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reports.

During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.

And there were 9 bodies found at the scene. Reports have also confirmed that his wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not among those on board.

However, Bryant's daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

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TMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged thirteen, has tragically died in the crash. It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

This is utterly devastating news.

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters - Natalia and Bianca, and their newborn, Capri.

Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy.

The clip, uploaded to Twitter, shows smoke emerging from the crash site as emergency services respond to the devastating incident.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

And we'll be sure to bring you more details as the story develops.

The news has been hard for people to stomach.

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Kobe really touched the hearts of so many people, so tributes for the star have been pouring in.

Barack Obama reiterated that Kobe was a "legend."

The two had a strong friendship as Kobe was an active Obama supporter and they both shared similar views on social issues.

In a slightly less empathetic way, Donald Trump also tweeted this:

Melania also sent her condolences.

And Whoopi Goldberg also emphasized how much of a hero he was.

She wrote: "RIP Kobe, hero to many including my grandson, extraordinary athlete and always kind to me & my family. My deepest condolences to his family."

Kevin Hart was shocked by the news...

He said he only "just [seen] him." It really just proves how short life is.

But his pain got worse as he found out that Kobe's daughter was involved too...

The news was beyond heartbreaking.

And supermodel Gigi Hadid talked about her close relationship was the legend.

She also posted two photos to Instagram upon hearing the news about his daughter too.

Viola Davis was also amongst those who paid tribute to Kobe.

Kobe's family has just been hit with the worst news they could possibly have. No goodbyes. No final words. Devastating.

Amber Rose sent all of her love to Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant.

As a mother and a wife, this is the most painful news to have received.

And a host of other sports personalities sent their condolences to the family.

Megan Rapinoe, a professional soccer player for the United States team tweeted about him.

And Usain Bolt too.

He attached a photograph of him and Kobe right before one of his races.

One of the most painful outcomes of this tragic accident is reflected in Kobe Bryant's last Instagram post.

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He and Lebron James were two legends in the sport. And they helped build each other, celebrate their successes and support one another through difficult times.

And just twenty-four hours before the incident, Kobe had congratulated Lebron.

Lebron James recently passed Kobe Bryant's career point marker and as a way to congratulate him, he dedicated a heartwarming post to the star player.

What a devastating loss for the world.

Rest in peace to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.