Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players to ever pick up a basketball died at the age of 41 on Sunday, after the helicopter he was on crashed in Calabasas, California, some 50 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
All nine people aboard the helicopter were killed, along with Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Tributes continue to pour in for Kobe, as the world still tries to process his tragic death.
NBA teams paid tribute to the legendary Laker, beginning the games with an 8-second backcourt violation, followed by a 24-second violation.
Kobe began his career wearing the Lakers' number 8 jersey and finished his career with the number 24.
KBL teams also paid tribute to him, by doing the same in South Korea.
Italians also mourned the NBA legend, as they remember a lesser-known chapter in Bryant's life, when he used to play in the streets of Italy, when his father played basketball there.
"Kobe was that little guy who came here. We were 17 or 18 years old, he was 10. He had that grit that champions have, even when they are young they show that strength, that tenacity to have success and this was visible."
The U.S. Senate even opened Monday's session of the impeachment trial of President Trump, with a prayer for Bryant and his daughter.
"As millions mourn the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and those who died with them, we think about life's brevity, uncertainty and legacy. Remind us that we all have a limited time on Earth to leave the world better than we found it. As this impeachment process unfolds, give our Senators the desire to make the most of their time on Earth. Teach them how to live, O God, and lead them along the path of honesty."
Kobe spent all 20 years of his illustrious NBA career with the LA Lakers, where he won five NBA championships, and was an NBA All-Star a staggering 18 times.
He's the NBA's fourth highest career scorer, with 33,643 points.
As he was once quoted saying, "heroes come and go, but legends are forever."
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.