LeBron James 'heartbroken and devastated' by Kobe Bryant's death

LeBron James

LeBron James broke his silence about the death of his close friend Kobe Bryant on social media on Monday.

The basketball superstar was killed along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. Following the tragedy, countless sports stars have paid their respects on social media, but James, who played with Bryant in two Olympic teams, took his time as he tried to figure out exactly what he wanted to say.

Alongside a montage of pictures of himself with Bryant on his Instagram page, James wrote: "I'm Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly (Philadelphia) to head back to LA. Didn't think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we'd have.

"WTF (what the f**k)!! I'm heartbroken and devastated my brother!!. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to (Bryant's wife) Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I'll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation and it's my responsibility to put this s**t on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There's so much more I want to say but just can't right now because I can't get through it! Until we meet again my brother!!"

James' final phone call with Bryant came on Sunday morning, when he called to congratulate him on passing him into third place on the NBA (National Basketball Association)'s all-time scoring list. Bryant's last-ever tweet was a message of congratulations to James.

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