Cricket legends Virender Sehwag, Shane Warne led the tributes after it was confirmed that basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters were among nine people who were killed in the crash after the helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant had been expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game scheduled for Sunday. Gianna was expected to play in the game and Bryant was expected to coach, according to media reports.

The crash killed all nine people aboard, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The reports claimed that there was extremely low visibility at the time of the crash and conditions were foggy and cloudy with a drizzle.

The legendary player leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters. His oldest daughter turned 17 a week ago; his youngest daughter is 7 months old. Kobe Bryant is one of the most decorated players in the history of NBA. Kobe Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships. He has two Olympic gold medals for USA men’s basketball.
Bryant brought down curtains on his illustrious career in April 2016.

As soon as the tragic news was confirmed, people from across the globe started paying tributes to Kobe Bryant and others who passed away in the crash. Cricket fraternity also did not wait long to do its bit.

Here are some of the tributes from the cricketers:

“For many people, Kobe was basketball in their growing up years, many became NBA fans because of Kobe. May him and his young daughter, Gianna rest in peace #MambaForever,” wrote Virender Sehwag.

“Like everyone, Iā€™m stunned, shocked and saddened to hear the horrific news about Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter who died in a helicopter crash. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this extremely sad time ! #RIPKobeBryant,” wrote Shane Warne.

“A very sad news to wake up Legend Kobe Bryant dies in California #RIPKobeByrant šŸ™šŸ™,” wrote Harbhajan Singh.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant Family and others involved in the tragedy. Kobe was an icon and an inspiration for many athletes. His unfortunate passing is a loss to world sports. #RIPMamba”