Lewis Hamilton leads tributes to NBA legend Kobe Bryant
Lewis Hamilton and the wider motorsport community have paid their respects following the death of the legendary NBA star, Kobe Bryant.
Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California on Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers.
The tributes have since poured in following the shock news, with Hamilton amongst the high-profile names to send his sympathies and condolences.
“I’m sad to hear that we lost one of our great,” Hamilton said on social media.
Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many including myself.
“I’m deeply saddened for his family and for the people around the world who looked up to him. May he and his daughter rest in peace.”
I’m sad to hear that we lost one of our greats. @kobebryant was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many including myself. I’m deeply saddened for his family and for the people around the world who looked up to him. May he and his daughter rest in peace pic.twitter.com/O4ZWANcGKm
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) January 26, 2020
McLaren driver, Carlos Sainz, described Bryant as a “huge legend” in his tribute post.
A huge legend just left us…Rest in peace Kobe 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/4vnOFOZ1OA
— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) January 26, 2020
So did team-mate Lando Norris on Instagram.
R.I.P 👑 and his daughter. Thoughts go to his family and to the others involved. #24 #kobebryant
A post shared by Lando Norris (@landonorris) on
Their team also paid their respects to one of sport’s biggest superstars.
A sporting icon and legend. Our heartfelt condolences are with Kobe’s family and friends.#RIPKobe pic.twitter.com/6RvT6zDuoX
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 26, 2020
Alfa Romeo followed suit.
A true sporting legend.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/nlS7cNVFUU
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) January 26, 2020
Jenson Button described Bryant as “one of the best sportsmen/athletes that has ever lived”.
Rest in peace Kobe. One of the best sportsmen/athletes that has ever lived. My heart goes out to his family and to all involved in this terrible accident 🙏🏽 #ripkobebryant pic.twitter.com/91Mt8qUa1c
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) January 26, 2020
Racing Point driver Sergio Perez referred to Bryant as a “great legend”.
¡Descanse en paz… una gran leyenda! 😔🙏 https://t.co/IJYjHVEwAG
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) January 26, 2020
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