MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, according to CBS Los Angeles. He was 41.

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Bryant was one of nine people killed in the crash involving a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. His daughter, Gianna, was also killed.

The Timberwolves and the Lynx issued a joint statement from the two Minnesota basketball teams, saying they are both “deeply saddened” by the passing of Bryant and his daughter.

“Few players have had the worldwide impact on the game of basketball that Kobe did,” the statement said. “His immense presence was felt not only on the court, but off the court as a husband, father, mentor and entrepreneur. The NBA and the world are in a better place because of Kobe and our thoughts and prayers go out to Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, their family and the Lakers organization.”

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns reacted to Sunday’s news, tweeting “I’m numb.”

A number of his Timberwolves teammates, such as Shabazz Napier, Gorgui Dieng and Robert Covington, also posted reactions on Twitter, expressing heartbreak for the NBA legend’s death and sympathy for his grieving family.

Basketball fans in the Twin Cities were among those across the globe mourning Bryant’s death. At a high school basketball tournament in Edina, one player wrote “RIP Kobe” on his shoes.

Not only basketball players were expressing shock and grief. Current and former Vikings players, such as Stefon Diggs, Adrian Peterson and Randy Moss, were among those posting Sunday about what Bryant meant to them.

A tribute to Bryant also appeared on U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

President Donald Trump also posted about Bryant’s death, calling the crash “terrible news.”

Former President Barack Obama also tweeted, sending his love and prayers to Bryant’s family on this “unthinkable day.”

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