Kobe Bryant Dead: PSG Star Neymar Pays '24' Tribute To 'The Black Mamba'

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Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday night after a helicopter he was travelling in crashed near LA. PSG star Neymar paid tribute to Bryant during a Ligue 1 match.

Written By Sujay Chakraborty | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday night after the helicopter he was travelling in, crashed and burst into flames in Calabasas, 48 km north-west of Los Angeles. The 41-year-old was said to be travelling on his private chopper when it went down and a fire broke out. Although emergency personnel responded to the scene, none of the people on board survived. Along with Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant and 8 other people including the pilot were killed in the accident. 

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Kobe Bryant's sudden passing away has sent shock waves across the global sporting community, with tributes flooding on social media and during various matches and events held in the aftermath. Football star Neymar paid tribute to the 'Black Mamba' when he scored during Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 clash against LOSC Lille. 

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Kobe Bryant dead: Neymar pays tribute

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Neymar met Kobe Bryant during a training session with PSG in 2017. After scoring a penalty that secured a 2-0 victory for his side, Neymar held up ’24’ with his fingers as a tribute to Bryant’s jersey number for the Lakers. Speaking to the Canal Plus after the match, Neymar revealed that he got the sad news during the half-time. The 27-year-old noted that he knew Bryant in person and the celebration was for him. 

'This is a time of immense sadness for the world of sport. Not just basketball fans. I  knew him. This celebration was for him. I hope he rests in peace.’ - Neymar

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