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Photos and videos show makeshift Kobe Bryant memorials where fans are mourning the basketball legend who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday

Lakers fans gathered at the LA Live plaza outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where they learned that Bryant had died.

Photos and videos show makeshift Kobe Bryant memorials where fans are mourning the basketball legend who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday
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The Los Angeles Police Department said that fans would not be able to access the area due to the Grammy Awards, which were scheduled to take place in the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that fans would not be able to access the area due to the Grammy Awards, which were scheduled to take place in the Staples Center.

We’re aware of published reports regarding the helicopter crash in Calabasas today & we’re still in the process of confirming with @LASDHQ who was on board. As a reminder, the area around the Staples Center is closed due to the Grammys & fans will not be able to access the arena.

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 26, 2020

That did not seem to stop mourners from continuing to gather, though.

That did not seem to stop mourners from continuing to gather, though.

Screens outside the Staples Center displayed a memorial to Bryant throughout the day following the crash.

Screens outside the Staples Center displayed a memorial to Bryant throughout the day following the crash.

Fans left flowers, basketballs, and sneakers in memory of Bryant.

Fans left flowers, basketballs, and sneakers in memory of Bryant.

Others fans brought posters and photos ...

Others fans brought posters and photos ...

... And even wreaths.

... And even wreaths.

Many of the mourners wore their Kobe jerseys.

Many of the mourners wore their Kobe jerseys.

A lot of fans were left in tears.

A lot of fans were left in tears.

There were candles, jerseys, and even music as people mourned.

There were candles, jerseys, and even music as people mourned.

A second smaller makeshift memorial is forming while someone plays “I’ll Be Missing You” pic.twitter.com/LIbKRPtNXD

— Tyler Kingkade (@tylerkingkade) January 26, 2020

Fans also gathered near the crash site ...

Fans also gathered near the crash site ...

... And Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.

... And Bryant

Outside of Los Angeles, the entire sports world was in mourning. New York City's Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks were set to play the Brooklyn Nets, was lit in the Lakers colors in tribute.

Outside of Los Angeles, the entire sports world was in mourning. New York City
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