Madison Square Garden glows purple and gold to honour the late Kobe Bryant

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As the sports world mourns the tremendous loss, Madison Square Garden — otherwise known as the Mecca of Basketball — honoured the Black Mamba with purple and gold lights and a pre-game ceremony. Elsa/Getty Images
  • NBA icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 years old.
  • As the sports world mourns the tremendous loss, Madison Square Garden – otherwise known as the Mecca of Basketball – honoured the Black Mamba with purple and gold lights and a pre-game ceremony.
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NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 years old.

Across the globe, the sports world is mourning the sudden and tragic loss – and the Mecca of Basketball is no exception.

New York’s Madison Square Garden honoured the late Black Mamba with purple and gold exterior lights.

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The exterior of Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Elsa/Getty Images

The world’s most famous arena also hosted a ceremony prior to tip-off of Sunday night’s game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.

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A ceremony was held inside Madison Square Garden prior to the Knicks game Sunday night. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Kobe Bryant is honoured at MSG. Elsa/Getty Images