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Zim fans mourn Kobe Bryant

By Tatenda Marwodzi

News of the horrific death of 41 year old basketball star Kobe Bryant has been shared the world over and left many fans heartbroken including in Zimbabwe.

The NBA star and daughter, Giana Bryant (13), where among 7 other passengers that lost their lives in a helicopter crash earlier yesterday in Calabasas, Carlifonia.

Within hours of his death the hashtag #RIPMamba was trending in Zimbabwe with over 750000 tweets.

“I fell in love with basketball, because my friends used to say we look alike, he was such a role model!! RIP KING, and RIP to all the other passengers who lost their lives. #RIPMamba,” tweeted Zimbabwean hip-hop star Mudiwa Hood.

Opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, also poured his heartfelt condolences adding that “A life well-lived is like a ripple in water, reaching unknown places and touching countless lives. Kobe’s tragic death reminds us all that life itself is not guaranteed.Taking risks and inspiring the world defines a star! We’re given a brief moment to impact the world& transform #RIPKobe.”

Media personality, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa shared precious pictures of the NBA star with his family quoting “Every 2nd pic on Kobe’s IG is his wife, or his daughters; in between, Basketball. What a family man & endless memories he’s left them with. How’s that for Love & Basketball? Growing up in the 90/2000s who didn’t have/want a Lakers Jersey? The magic of Legends! #RIPMamba #RIPGigi”

Apart from Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Lebron James, Bryant was one of the few basketball legends that had a huge following in Zimbabwe.

Even state Minister of Information shared the news of the sad passing to followers on Twitter.

Many other local organizations like M&J Consultants, Africa Transformation Hub and ZiFM stereo have joined the world in morning the death of the star.

Heart and Soul radio has also asked fans to join in for a special tribute show later today.

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