Turkey’s president Monday evening paid tribute to late basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

In a tweet, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Kobe Bryant “inspired countless athletes” and offered his condolences to the superstar player’s family and loved ones.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant who inspired countless athletes and introduced people around the world to the joy of basketball. As a basketball fan and the President of Turkey, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” Erdogan tweeted in English.

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