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Empire State Building lights up in tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant

The Empire State Building has paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Monday by shining purple and gold in honor of the basketball legend. 

Meanwhile commuters have added Kobe to a subway sign at Bryant Park station, as tributes for the 41-year-old continue to flow following his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday. 

He died, alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others after the chopper crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California. 

The Empire State Building is illuminated in gold and purple lights to honor the late Lakers legend for paying tribute to Kobe Bryant in New York,

File photo shows Kobe Bryant representing the Lakers on court in the official team colors yellow and purple

Images of the Empire State building show its peak lit up in the team colors of the late Lakers star's team as it towers above the New York City skyline. 

On Twitter, the building's official account tweeted: 'Our lights will shine in purple and gold this evening as we pay tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, an inspiration to millions across the globe who was taken too soon.  

'Our hearts go out to all of the families, friends, and fans affected by this tragedy. #824Forever'  

The yellow and purple tower shines out over the city of New York in memory of the late basketball legend

Commuters have paid their own tribute to the basketball star by 'renaming' the station Kobe Bryant Park Station

Less than a mile away, at the Bryant Park Station, a sign has 'renamed' the subway - the Kobe Bryant Park Station. 

Images show a hand-made sign with the words 'Kobe' taped before the words Bryant on the official station sign. 

Fans and others across the world have been left reeling at the sudden death of the former basketball legend. 

Tributes, in all shapes and sizes, are being made for the 41-year-old across the world; from painted murals, to minute silences, and big-screen projections. 

He leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, 37, and two daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, four, and seven-month-old daughter Capri.