The tragic news of the unexpected death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna shocked many people. The retired basketball star and his daughter were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, California. Kobe, who was 41, was not only a 5-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers legend but also an Oscar winner. Today, in tribute to the late basketball star, fans all over the world are sharing the short animation that won Kobe the prestigious award. Scroll down below to watch it.

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Fans from all over the world are sharing late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s short film ‘Dear Basketball’

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The tragic loss of the 41-year-old purple and gold legend this Sunday inspired many to revisit Kobe’s acclaimed short animation “Dear Basketball: The Legend of Kobe Bryant.” Back in 2017, the world-renowned basketball player collaborated with animator Glen Keane on the film, which ended up winning an Oscar in 2018 in the Best Animated Short category.

The animated short was released in 2017 after a collaboration with a renowned animator called Glen Keane

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The short film ‘Dear Basketball’ is based on a poem that Kobe himself wrote back in 2015. In the film, the late LA Lakers legend describes his love for the game – starting from his dreams as a kid to a career that spanned over 20 years.

The film won Kobe Bryant an Oscar in 2018

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“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble – but I’m glad we get to do a little more than that,” Kobe said upon receiving his award.


The late basketball star was astonished over the win

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“What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that The Academy deemed ‘Dear Basketball’ worthy of contention,” Kobe then tweeted. “Thanks to the genius of Glen Keane & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”

The retired NBA star and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in California

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The NBA MVP was killed on Sunday when the helicopter he was flying in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on board and died along with seven other passengers.

Needless to say, people are devastated over the tragic loss of the legend

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And are sharing tributes to the late Los Angeles Lakers superstar

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