MANILA — Malacañang condoled Monday with the family and supporters of basketball great Kobe Bryant after his shock death.
Bryant, a 5-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a fiery helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter and 7 others.
The 41-year-old Bryant "was a frequent visitor in the Philippines" and "well-loved" by fans here, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
"On the hard court, he was a sight to behold with his dexterity and accuracy in sinking that ball in the ring. He was a master of his craft. The basketball world has lost one of its legendary greats," he said in a statement.
Malacañang "extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, loved ones and fans around the globe who Kobe left behind," he said.
"We share in their grief," Panelo added.
There were no survivors when the helicopter carrying Bryant crashed in foggy weather in the suburb of Calabasas, where it caused a brush fire, authorities said.
The retired NBA star, 41, and his daughter Gianna were flying to a game she was expected to play in, according to US reports. Local media said the other victims included another player, a parent, and the pilot. With a report from Agence France-Presse