Barack Obama Mourns ‘Heartbreaking’ Deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant During Speech at NBA All-star Event as Commissioner Adam Silver Renames MVP Award After the Late Star

Former President Barack Obama once again paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on Saturday, telling NBA officials in Chicago that ‘nothing is more heartbreaking’ as a parent than losing children.

The former president and ‘first fan’ of the NBA spoke at a brunch in his hometown on Saturday, which is playing host to this weekend’s All Star festivities.

The league continued to honor Bryant, this time announcing it will rename the All Star Game MVP award after the late Lakers great.

Obama mentioned the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant as well as the passing of David Stern, the former commissioner who died on New Year’s Day after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

‘That loss [of Kobe Bryant] is something I know many are still grappling with,’ Obama said in his remarks, which were recorded and uploaded to social media by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

‘Particularly Kobe, because he was with his daughter and those families and those children and those of us who have had the joy and privilege of being parents and taking kids to ball games and then rooting for our children and seeing our dreams and hopes passed on to them.

‘Nothing is more heartbreaking,’ Obama said.

‘And so I want to offer the NBA family Michelle and my deepest condolences and obviously the families of the Sterns and the Bryants,’ he added.

Obama led tributes to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others who died in a helicopter crash in California on January 26.

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Source: Daily Mail