Filipino sports community mourns the death of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Bryant was 41.

The Filipino sports community shared their thoughts and condolences after the death of the Los Angeles Lakers legend.

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) also joined the entire sports community in mourning the death of Bryant.

"The PBA has lost a dear friend in Kobe Bryant who leaves behind fond memories of seven unforgettable visits to our country. Kobe was an exceptional basketball player but beyond his athletic skills, he was known for his caring heart and love of family. His life was an inspiration and a lesson to everyone that with hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice, nothing is impossible. At 41, Kobe is gone too soon but his legacy will last forever. The PBA mourns the passage of a man who has touched the lives of millions. Rest in peace, Kobe," the PBA said in a statement.

The SBP said, meanwhile, said "the basketball world just lost one of its greatest sons."

"Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas is grieved by the news, and we send extend our deepest condolences to his family. Kobe was greatness personified. From the way he carried himself to the work he puts into his game - committedly he always did it with passion and with style. His handful of trips to the Philippines has made him one of the most beloved NBA players among Filipino fans and we will all remember these moments fondly, especially the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend, where he amazed us with his talent, and wowed us with his electric personality," SBP's statement read.

"FIBA and the basketball world as a whole lost one of its top ambassadors. Rest in Peace, Kobe. Thank you for showing us what it means to be a true competitor and as genuine a true sportsman."