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SLIDESHOW: Remembering Kobe Bryant, 41

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Posted at Jan 27 2020 12:51 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2020 01:05 PM

Millions of fans around the globe paid tribute to one of basketball’s greatest Kobe Bryant on Monday. Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in the Calabasas, around 30 miles west of Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire department confirmed the death of Bryant and other people onboard the helicopter, including his 13-year old daughter Gianna. 

Bryant played for the NBA for 20 seasons earning him MVP and 5 NBA Championship titles before retiring in 2016. His hard work and determination earned admiration from the sports world and beyond.

Here are select images of Kobe Bryant’s colorful career as the world say goodbye to a legend.

In this Jan. 19, 1996 file photo Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pennsylvania high school gym during a practice. Rusty Kennedy, AP Photo/file

Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (R) kisses the Most Valuable Player trophy as teammate Kobe Bryant kisses the NBA championship trophy as they celebrate in the locker room after winning the NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers, June 19, 2000. Mike Blake, Reuters/file Photo

Toronto Raptors' Matt Bonner can't stop Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant from getting to the basket in the first half of NBA basketball action on Sunday, January 22, 2006, in Los Angeles. Matt A. Brown, AP Photo

Basketball great Bill Russell, left, shares a laugh with Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, at All-Star Saturday Night, a part of NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. Mark J. Terrill, AP/file

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (top) goes up for a shot between the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 23, 2006. Branimir Kvartuc, AP Photo/file

Western player Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers holds up his MVP trophy after the NBA All-Star game against the Eastern players in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007. Mark J. Terrill, AP/file

NBA star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers chats with school children during his visit at suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines to interact with school children and conduct basketball clinic as part of the popular sports apparel Nike's "Supernatural Asia Tour 2007" Wednesday Sept. 5, 2007. Bullit Marquez, AP Photo/file

In this April 23, 2008, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after making a three-point basket during the second half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles. Bryant has won the NBA's MVP award for the first time, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website May 2, 2008, citing anonymous sources familiar with the outcome of voting by media members. Mark J. Terrill, AP Photo/file

In this Feb. 28, 2008, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) finishes off a dunk against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter of the basketball game in on Los Angeles. Bryant has won the NBA's MVP award for the first time, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website May 2, 2008, citing anonymous sources familiar with the outcome of voting by media members. Kevork Djansezian, AP Photo/file

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant jumps for a rebound against the Denver Nuggets during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 21, 2009. Lucy Nicholson, Reuters/file Photo

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien championship trophy and finals MVP trophy after the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic, 99-86, in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals Sunday, June 14, 2009, in Orlando, Florida. David J. Phillip, AP Photo

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant waves, while holding his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore, as his wife Vanessa, second from right, and their daughter Natalia Diamante, right, look on as the Lakers NBA basketball world championship parade gets underway in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Damian Dovarganes, AP Photo

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles with daughters Gianna and Natalia with the Bill Russell MVP Trophy after his team defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 to win the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010. Mike Blake, Reuters/File Photo

Kobe Bryant, in a Far Eastern University uniform, plays with Ateneo de Maniula University's Japeth Aguilar and Doug Kramer during an exhibition at Araneta Coliseum on July 13, 2011. The event was part of Bryant's five-city tour that includes Seoul and various cities in China. Aaron Favila, AP/file

Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant conducts basketball clinic to children during a visit to a mass housing project to inaugurate a basketball court Wednesday July 13, 2011 at suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines. Bullit Marquez, AP Photo

U.S. basketball player Kobe Bryant (right) talks with his teammate LeBron James during a news conference in the Olympic media center before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Britain July 27, 2012. Stefano Rellandini, Reuters/file

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) hugs San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich before an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in San Antonio. Darren Abate, AP Photo/file

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs Magic Johnson prior to the game against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant sits beside local basketball players as he coaches the team during his Mamba Mentality tour at the Araneta Coliseum on June 25, 2016. Jonathan. Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Kobe Bryant emerges during the Mamba Mentality tour at the Araneta Coliseum on June 25, 2016. Jonathan. Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The Araneta Coliseum lights up as thousands of fans cheer for Kobe Bryant during the Mamba Mentality tour on June 25, 2016. Jonathan. Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (right), fist-bumps his daughter Gianna after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 60 points as the Lakers won, 101-96. Jae C. Hong, AP Photo

Kobe Bryant pose for photos after winning the 90th Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film Award for "Dear Basketball" in Hollywood, California. Mike Blake, Reuters/ File Photo

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant solutes as he acknowledges fans after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Jae C. Hong, AP Photo

Kobe Bryant of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers attends a gathering with his fans in Shanghai during his "Supernatural Asia Tour 2007" September 8, 2007. Aly Song, Reuters/File Photo

Fans mourn the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Harrison Hill, USA Today, Reuters