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Local arena bathed in purple and gold light Sunday night after death of Kobe Bryant

Posted at 12:18 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 06:37:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Purple and gold shined on The Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Sunday evening in honor of Kobe Bryant, who died earlier in the day in a helicopter crash.

Word of the horrific crash on a California hillside traveled fast.

"There were no survivors. We have a manifest that indicates there were nine people on board the aircraft," Los Angeles County, California Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters.

Besides Bryant, his daughter Gianna, lost her life in the crash.

The deaths leaving a nation in mourning.

"I just don't have a lot to say...the news is just devastating to everybody who knew him for a long time," Doc Rivers, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers said.

Although Kansas City hasn't had an NBA team in more 30 years, local athletes are paying their respects.

Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes expressing his disbelief and extended condolences to Kobe's family.

Another Chiefs star said he sought inspiration from the NBA legend.

In Surprise, Arizona, a member of the Kansas City Royals organization shared this photo:

Former University of Kansas City basketball player Scot Pollard, who played against Kobe, said in a statement to 41 Action News:

“Kobe’s death is a tragedy of course. The rivalry we had between the Kings and the Lakers was one of the highlights of my career. I always enjoyed squaring off against one of the all time greats. I certainly respected his game and competitive spirit. He will definitely be missed.”