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Current and former Phillies react to the death of Kobe Bryant

The sports world is in shock after it was confirmed that NBA legend Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Eight other people—including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore—were reported to have also died, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Kobe Bryant during his final NBA season. He died on Sunday morning in California. (Photograph by Icon Sportswire)

Athletes around the world are reacting to this news with sadness and disbelief. Many, if not all, have grown up watching Bryant and dreamed of emulating his greatness when they grew up. The baseball world, as well as past and present Phillies players, have also reacted and shared their condolences on social media:

Millville, New Jersey native and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout also offered his condolences to Bryant and his family:

The Phillies also released a statement late Sunday afternoon:

Crowds have already formed at Bryant’s alma mater, Lower Marion High School in Ardmore. The Lower Merion School District released a statement outside the school Sunday afternoon:

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