Michael Jordan is mourning the death of Kobe Bryant.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas Calif. on Sunday. He was 41 years old. Bryant was one of nine people on board the aircraft. There were no survivors. His daughter, Gianna, was also killed in the tragic accident. She was 13 years old.
"I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe's and Gianna's passing," Jordan said in a statement. "Words can't describe the pain I'm feeling. I loved Kobe. He was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply—and took great pride in his daughter's love for the game of basketball."
Jordan also said his wife, Yvette Prieto, joined him in sending his "deepest condolences" to Bryant's wife, Vanessa, the Lakers organization and "basketball fans around the world."