The Japanese city of Kobe, after which Kobe Bryant was named, paid tribute to the basketball star after his death on Sunday.
Kobe Mayor Kizo Hisamoto offered his condolences in a statement on Monday:
"Our city had the good fortune of crossing paths with Kobe Bryant as his father named him after the city, given his love of Kobe beef.
Due to this connection with our city, Bryant came to visit the Kobe government office in 1998 to make a donation for the charity. And between 2001 to 2011, he became the city’s ambassador and told the world about us.
Kobe Bryant was an international superstar, who also held a special place for the people of Kobe city.
We would once again like to express our gratitude for the support Kobe Bryant gave to this city and offer our heartfelt condolences.”