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Former President Obama On Kobe Bryant's Death: 'Nothing Is More Heartbreaking'

By Mike Walters

Former President Barack Obama says he feels the loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter and that "nothing is more heartbreaking," than losing a child and father in this sort of accident.

The former commander and chief spoke to a crowd of journalists and NBA executives at the All-Star Weekend brunch, telling the crowd the death has hit him and his family hard too.

In a video posted by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, you can hear Barack address the crowd, saying, "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. 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."

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Obama offers his and Michelle's condolences to the Bryant family, but he also addressed the loss in the NBA family and offered his support. Kobe continued to also mention the NBA's loss of commissioner David Stern, who died late last year after suffering a stroke.

President Obama tweeted about Kobe's death when the fatal crash first happened, saying, "Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. 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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This year's NBA All-Star game will also have a memorial moment, remembering the impact Kobe had on the NBA during his career.

As we reported, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gigi were killed when his private helicopter crashed into a hillside in Los Angeles. The NBA legend and his young daughter will be honored at Staples Center later this month. Tickets to the event will cost fans $224, in honor of father and daughter's jersey numbers.

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