NAKIIISA ang Palasyo sa pagdadalamhati ng buong mundo sa pagpanaw kahapon ni basketball legend Kobe Bryant sa isang chopper crash sa California kahapon.
Sa isang kalatas, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo na si Bryant, 41 anyos, dating Los Angeles Lakers star, ay mahal na mahal ng kanyang Pinoy fans.
“The Office of the President is saddened after learning about the tragic news of the death of NBA superstar and legend, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, who were killed in a helicopter crash. Mr. Bryant was a frequent visitor in the Philippines. He was well-loved by his Filipino fans,” ayon kay Panelo.
“On the hardcourt, 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,” dagdag niya.
Ipinaaabot ng Malacañang ang taos-pusong pakikiramay sa mga naulila ni Bryant sa buong mundo.
“The Palace extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, loved ones and fans around the globe who Kobe left behind. We share in their grief,” ani Panelo.
Matatandaang nagretiro si Bryant noong 2016 matapos ang 20-taong NBA career sa LA Lakers, kasama rito ang limang championships.
Kabilang si Bryant sa US National Olympic team na nakasungkit ng dalawang gintong medalya.
Nagwagi siya sa prestihiyosong Oscar Awards noong 2018 bilang producer ng animated short film “Dear Basketball: The Legend of Kobe Bryant.”