Kobe Bryant death: Heartbreaking scenes as fans gather at legend’s vigil in LA

Fans have gathered outside the Staples Centre to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant, 41, who earlier today died. The basketball legend spent his entire 20-year career at the Los Angeles Lakers and made a name for himself as one of the sports finest players.

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Along with Bryant, eight others passed away as a result of the crash, including his daughter, Gigi, 13.

Hundreds of fans are now gathered outside of where this years Grammy’s is being held in central LA.

The Staples Centre also played host to many of the Lakers’ home games and Bryant would have stunned crowds with his skills on court.

Images and videos shared to social media show fans gathered around roses spelling out “Kobe” and “Gigi” with candles and Lakers jerseys encircling them.

Fans are currently gathered outside the Staples Centre in LA to pay their respectsFans are currently gathered outside the Staples Centre in LA to pay their respects (Image: Lauren A. Jones/@LoJoMedia )

The crowds are huge, with many taken aback by the suddenness of the deathThe crowds are huge, with many taken aback by the suddenness of the death (Image: Bloomberg)

Lauren Jones, a reporter for the LA Sentinel at the scene of the vigil told Express.co.uk: "People are gathered outside of Staples Centre and it is just an air of sadness.

"There are chants that broke out ranging from M-V-P (most valuable player) to GiGi.

"As you walk around the crowd, you see people wiping their eytes, embracing and seemingly in disbelief." 

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Roses that spell out 'Kobe' and 'GigiRoses that spell out 'Kobe' and 'Gigi" can be seen from above (Image: Bloomberg)

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