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Jamie Bell pays respect to Kobe Bryant as he wears number 8 jersey following legend’s shock death

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Jamie Bell pays respect to Kobe Bryant as he wears a number 8 jersey following basketball legend’s shock death in helicopter crash

Jamie Bell paid respect to Kobe Bryant on Tuesday after the 41-year-old basketball legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed on Sunday morning in a helicopter crash.

The Billy Elliot star, 33, was seen wearing a number eight NFL New York Giants jersey at LAMILL COFFEE Boutique in Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl this Sunday. 

Kobe wore a number eight jersey from 1996 until 2006 before switching to number 24 for the second half of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he retired in 2016. 

Respect: Jamie Bell paid respect to Kobe Bryant on Tuesday with a number eight NFL New York Giants jersey after the basketball legend, 41, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash

Respect: Jamie Bell paid respect to Kobe Bryant on Tuesday with a number eight NFL New York Giants jersey after the basketball legend, 41, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash

Jamie is married to House of Cards star Kate Mara, who is part of two football dynasties. Her mother’s family (The Rooneys) founded the Pittsburgh Steelers while their father’s family (The Maras) founded the New York Giants.  

It comes after NFL fans paid tribute to Kobe by breaking a minute’s silence with chants of ‘Kobe! Kobe!’ at the Super Bowl Opening Night on Tuesday.

The NBA legend’s death in a California helicopter crash on Sunday cast a shadow over an NFL media showpiece which is usually a wild evening.

At a subdued event, an announcer called for a moment of reflection for an ‘extraordinary athlete who thrilled and entertained sports fans around the world for a generation’.

Legend: Kobe wore a number eight jersey from 1996 until 2006 before switching to number 24 for the second half of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he retired in 2016 (pictured in 2003)

Legend: Kobe wore a number eight jersey from 1996 until 2006 before switching to number 24 for the second half of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he retired in 2016 (pictured in 2003) 

Tribute: The Billy Elliot star, 33, was seen wearing a number eight NFL New York Giants jersey at LAMILL COFFEE Boutique in Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl this Sunday

Tribute: The Billy Elliot star, 33, was seen wearing a number eight NFL New York Giants jersey at LAMILL COFFEE Boutique in Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl this Sunday

But after an initial moment of silence, fans paid tribute in their own way by breaking into chants of Bryant’s name, followed by applause.

Bryant went to high school in a Philadelphia suburb and had a love-hate relationship with fans in the city because he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

But he was a die-hard Eagles fan and his reaction on social media after the team won its first Super Bowl title two years ago endeared him to many.

Dynasty: Jamie is married to House of Cards star Kate Mara (pictured), who is part of two football dynasties. Her mother's family (The Rooneys) founded the Pittsburgh Steelers while their father's family (The Maras) founded the New York Giants

Dynasty: Jamie is married to House of Cards star Kate Mara (pictured), who is part of two football dynasties. Her mother’s family (The Rooneys) founded the Pittsburgh Steelers while their father’s family (The Maras) founded the New York Giants 

Tribute: It comes after NFL fans paid tribute to Kobe by breaking a minute's silence with chants of 'Kobe! Kobe!' at the Super Bowl Opening Night on Tuesday

Tribute: It comes after NFL fans paid tribute to Kobe by breaking a minute’s silence with chants of ‘Kobe! Kobe!’ at the Super Bowl Opening Night on Tuesday

The tribute also comes after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced on Sunday that no player on his franchise will ever wear Bryant’s No. 24 again.        

Kobe was killed in a helicopter crash amid uncharacteristically foggy conditions on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. 

News of his sudden death sent shock waves throughout both the sports and entertainment worlds, with athletes, actors and various institutions alike honouring the Los Angeles Lakers icon via social media.    

Condolences began pouring in after Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76 crashed in Calabasas just before 10am on Sunday.

Honoured: Bryant's face is displayed on a screen after his tragic death at the age of 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash in California

Honoured: Bryant’s face is displayed on a screen after his tragic death at the age of 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash in California 

The helicopter struck a hillside and immediately caught fire, killing all those on board. 

Along with Bryant and his daughter, the other victims included Orange County Coast College coach John Altobelli and his wife, Keri, as well as their 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa.

Youth basketball coach Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton; and pilot Ara Zobayan were also killed on board. 

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, and reports came in on Tuesday afternoon that all remains of the victims have now been removed from the crash site.

Bryant was one of the major forces of the LA Lakers for two decades, becoming a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star. He was the first NBA player to spend 20 years with one franchise.  

Tragedy: Kobe Byrant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died suddenly in a helicopter crash on Sunday alongside seven other passengers

Tragedy: Kobe Byrant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died suddenly in a helicopter crash on Sunday alongside seven other passengers

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