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Emotional top tennis star pays tribute to Kobe Bryant as he wears his iconic jersey to Australian Open game (video)

- Nick Kyrgios has paid his last due to Kobe Bryant upon the death of the NBA legend

- Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter

- The Australian tennis star wore Bryant's iconic jersey ahead of his clash against Rafael Nadal

Amid plethora of emotional tributes, Australian professional tennis star Nick Kyrgios has joined the teeming legion of sports celebrities to mourn the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant.

Kyrgios wore a retro of the deceased NBA legend's jersey on his walkout ahead of his much-anticipated game against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open.

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas California including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna alongside three other people aboard on Sunday night, January 26.

The NBA legend was on his helicopter when the incident happened, with the tragedy plunging the fraternity of sports into mourning as tributes keep pouring in for the dimmed stars.

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The entire sporting world has since then been plunged into mourning with football star including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar paying their shares of last tribute to the late NBA star

And Kyrgios, who once described himself as a great fan of Boston Celtics-- Lakers' historic rival--, put rivalry apart when he wore Bryant's iconic jersey on his walkout ahead of Nadal clash.

In Nigeria, celebrities like Falz, Toke Makinwa, Davido, Peter Okoye, Basketmouth, Mercy Aigbe, Mike Ezuruonye, and others took their Instagram page to pay their respect to the deceased father and daughter.

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that LeBron James was left utterly devastated and emotionally heartbroken after being told about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, with new footage showing the LA Lakers completely down in a sad mood.

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James, who was on board in official LA Lakers plane which was travelling back home after club's defeat to Philadelphia 76ers, got the shocking news with his teammates.

The footage of him alighting from the plane showed the 35-year LA Lakers star reduced to tears as he shared powerful embraces with close sympathisers. Bryant's tragic death came less than 24 hours after James moved ahead of him in the all-time NBA scoring charts.

James moved one point above the late NBA star with 33,655 points, and Bryant was quick to congratulate the LA Lakers star in what appeared to be his last post on Twitter and Instagram.

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