Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss posted a heartfelt Instagram message Thursday following Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash Sunday that also killed eight others, including his daughter Gianna, in Calabasas, California.

Buss paid tribute to Bryant by calling him a member of the “family” who helped her find the “inspiration and strength [she] was searching for” following the death of her father, Jerry Buss, in 2013:

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Bryant spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, but that almost wasn’t the case.

Although Bryant retired in 2016, he remained a confidant of Jeanie Buss.

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