By Staff writer
Sheikh Mohammed paid tribute to the 41-year-old who died in a helicopter accident with his teenage daughter Gianna on Sunday
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.
The NBA legend died on Sunday when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed and burst into flames in thick fog, killing all nine people on board including his teenage daughter Gianna.
We are saddened by the death of US basketball legend Kobe Bryant with his daughter in a tragic accident. We lost a man full of enterprise, who inspired generations. Sincere condolences to his family on the demise of such a star who thrilled fans with his performance & talent. pic.twitter.com/6SHJkX5K8o— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) January 27, 2020
In a social media posting, Sheikh Mohammed described the 41-year-old, a five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist, as “a man full of enterprise, who inspired generations”.
Sheikh Mohammed joined in with the rest of the world in sharing his condolences with Bryant’s family, adding that the star “thrilled fans with his performance and talent”.
Bryant was traveling on his private helicopter from Orange County, where he lived, to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where his daughter was set to play.
Federal investigators on Monday sifted through the wreckage of the helicopter crash.
Jennifer Homendy, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, told a press conference that investigators would remain at the site of the crash throughout the week to collect evidence.
"It was a pretty devastating accident scene," she said, adding that the wreckage was strewn across about 600 feet (180 meters).