Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has led tributes to NBA icon Kobe Bryant after the LA Lakers legend was killed in a helicopter crash in California yesterday.

Bryant was one of nine people killed when the 41-year-old’s helicopter crashed and Gerrard, who spent time in LA during his time in MLS, took to social media to show his respects.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard with Kobe Bryant

(Photo by Steven Gerrard/Instagram)

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, there were a total of nine people on board the aircraft which crashed near Calabasas.

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Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, an 18-time NBA All-Star and earned the MVP title in 2008, playing for the LA Lakers throughout his career – and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history.

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers adjusts his jersey during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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The NBA legend was a keen football fan, supporting AC Milan after growing up in Italy and was actively involved with MLS, taking part in a media day recently with the US league to launch a new commercial partnership.

Gerrard wasn’t the only Rangers man to pay tribute to Kobe, with players past and present posting about his passing with James Tavernier, Mo Edu and Ale Bedoya also showing their respects:

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