The Nelson Mandela Foundation was shocked to hear of the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, his friends and the National Basketball Association.
The Foundation got to know Kobe through its long association with the NBA. We regarded him as a friend, someone who supported our work and embraced the legacy of Nelson Mandela. And someone who was a role model to millions globally.
He will be sorely missed.