Sports fans around the world are struggling to find words to describe how they feel about the sudden death of retired U.S. basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant was 41 years-old. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in the hills outside Los Angeles. They reportedly were on their way to a basketball tournament for youngsters. Bryant was known to use a helicopter from his home to games in Los Angeles to avoid the city's notoriously bad traffic. The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says the investigation is ongoing with...

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