Kobe Bryant: LA Lakers match v LA Clippers called off after helicopter tragedy

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Basketball chiefs have called off the Los Angeles Lakers’ match on Tuesday after the death of their legendary former player Kobe Bryant.

The 41-year-old died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

The Lakers had been due to host local rivals the LA Clippers.

The fixture will now take place at a later date “out of respect for the Lakers organisation”, the NBA said.

Bryant, who retired in 2016 after a 20-year career with the Lakers, was a five-time NBA champion and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times.

The Lakers, in their first statement since the tragedy, said: “The Los Angeles Lakers would like to thank all of you for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolences.

“This is a very difficult time for all of us. We continue to support the Bryant family and will share more information as it is available.”

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A billboard salutes the life of Bryant as fans gather in Los Angeles