[SOCIAL WIRE] Japanese Athletes Mourn NBA Legend Kobe Bryant’s Death

 

Current and former professional athletes in Japan joined the world in mourning the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

 

The news broke early Monday, January 26 PST, that the helicopter Bryant was on, alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others, crashed near Calabasas, California. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

 

On Twitter, we look at how Japanese athletes reacted.

“It must be a lie.. Kobe…”

Japanese text: “There’s no way I can believe it.”

“A scary reminder that human life is but fragile. People say that life changes when people close to them die, but the fact that I feel that because of Kobe’s death is proof that he was so great. #BeThankfulForLiving

“Kobe. Condolences from my heart”

“Kobe…”

“Kobe Bryant’s death.
Athletes who responded immediately.
Even though the sport is different,
athletes understand each other,
I think there are things that only athletes can understand.
I wonder how it is for everyone else.
Therefore, I live every day to the best I can.
That’s what Kobe taught me.

“What? You must be joking? Kobe…”

“Shocked since this morning.
Thank you for everything.”

“It’s so hard to believe that Kobe is…”

 

“Kobe…”

“Kobe, for real?”

“An unchanging superstar. Thanks, Kobe. Condolences.”

Author:

Galileo Ferrari works at a global IT company, consults with startups in Japan, and is a contributor with JAPAN Forward. The views expressed are his own.

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