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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James posts a heartfelt message to his personal Instagram following the death of Kobe Bryant.

On Saturday night, Kobe Bryant witnessed LeBron James score point No. 33,644 in the former’s hometown of Philadelphia. The point meant Bryant was surpassed by James on the all-time NBA scoring list.

And then on Sunday, the world seemed like it stopped. Bryant, who was on his way to his daughter Gianna’s basketball game, fell victim to a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA. Kobe, Gianna, and seven others were on the helicopter, as none of them survived the tragic event.

James didn’t speak publicly on the situation until Monday night when he posted a heartfelt message to his Instagram honoring Kobe and his young daughter.

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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾

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Bryant played 20 seasons with the Lakers, calling it quits after the 2015-16 campaign. This is currently LeBron’s second year with the ballclub, as he’ll move forward looking to continue the magnificent legacy that Bryant left behind.

A five-time champion, a one-time MVP, and an 18-time All-Star, there’s no argument to the fact that Kobe was one of the more gifted players this league ever saw. At 41 years old, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter leave this world much too soon. This is, without a doubt, one of the more tragic stories ever in the world of sport, and is one of the more heartbreaking events any of us have ever heard.