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The World Reacts: 'There's No Words to Express the Pain'

Shaquille O'Neal and Ava DuVernay are among those grieving Kobe Bryant's Death
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2020 5:15 PM CST

(Newser) – Kobe Bryant's tragic death Sunday has triggered an outpouring of grief from the "sports world and beyond," the LA Times reports. Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine who perished when the NBA legend's private helicopter sputtered and crashed in the hills of Calabasas, Calif. For many, it was a hammer blow. Among reactions rounded up by the Times, CBC News, and Business Insider:

  • Shaquille O'Neal: "There's no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u 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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