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Barack Obama Speaks About 'Heartbreaking' Kobe Bryant Tragedy At An NBA All-Star Event

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By Clark Sparky

Barack Obama has made appearances at several NBA All-Star Weekend events in his hometown of Chicago the past couple days, including attending a brunch on Saturday morning. During the meal, the President made some comments about the tragic events on January 26 that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others.

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"That loss is something that I know many are still grappling with -- particularly, Kobe because he was with his daughter and those families and those children," Obama said. "And those of us who have had the joy and privilege of being parents, and taking our kids to ball games, and rooting for our children, and then seeing our dreams and hopes passed on to them ... nothing is more heartbreaking."

Obama previously shared his thoughts on the tragedy on Twitter in the immediate wake of the helicopter crash.

"Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act," Obama wrote on Twitter. "To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day."

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Kobe's wife, Vanessa, continues to struggle to grasp the her new reality after losing her husband and daughter. She posted an update on Instagram this week about dealing with her grief.

"I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live," she wrote.

She continued, "Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all."

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