Happy birthday Kobe Bryant: Laker legend would have turned 43 Monday

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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Kobe Bryant would have turned 43 on Monday and birthday wishes are pouring in for the late Lakers legend.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Kobe Bryant would have turned 43 on Monday and birthday wishes are pouring in for the late Lakers legend.

The Lakers tweeted out a series of highlight clips and photos of Bryant, who spent 20 years wearing the purple and gold.

Vanessa Bryant posted his photo on Instagram with the caption: "Happy birthday, Papi. Te Amo por siempre. Amor Eterno."

Former teammate Pau Gasol tweeted, "Happy birthday brother. Miss you #MambaForever."

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Aug. 24 has been declared Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles, for the numbers, 8 and 24, he wore for the Lakers. An Orange County member of Congress has also introduced a resolution to have Aug. 24 declared Kobe Bryant Day across the country.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Jan. 26, 2020.