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Italy: Rieti pays an emotional tribute to its 'adopted son' Kobe Bryant

Italy, Rieti
February 06, 2020 at 09:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

The central Italian town of Rieti paid tribute to its 'adopted son' Kobe Bryant on Wednesday after the basketball legend died in a helicopter crash in California at the age of 41 early last week.

A shirt with the number 24 was placed on ceiling of the PalaSojourner stadium ahead of a league game, while fans packed in wearing LA Lakers tops.

"My son told me that he read about it online. I was convinced it was fake news because for me he was almost an immortal person," said local resident of Rieti and basketball fan Luca Colantoni.

Bryant arrived in Rieti in 1984 with his family when he was six years old. His father Joe was a basketball player who played in Rieti.

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The central Italian town of Rieti paid tribute to its 'adopted son' Kobe Bryant on Wednesday after the basketball legend died in a helicopter crash in California at the age of 41 early last week.

A shirt with the number 24 was placed on ceiling of the PalaSojourner stadium ahead of a league game, while fans packed in wearing LA Lakers tops.

"My son told me that he read about it online. I was convinced it was fake news because for me he was almost an immortal person," said local resident of Rieti and basketball fan Luca Colantoni.

Bryant arrived in Rieti in 1984 with his family when he was six years old. His father Joe was a basketball player who played in Rieti.

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