Tragedy struck on Sunday, as NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, among seven others, including one of his daughters, 13-year-old Gianna.
BREAKING UPDATES STORY DEVELOPING: Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others died in helicopter crash.
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 26, 2020
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Both of Kobe Bryants jerseys were illuminated at the Staples Center during the Grammys
— The Association on FOX (@TheAssociation) January 27, 2020
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
The tragic passing of the 41-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star, his daughter, and those on board was met with shock and mourning:
Theres no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter MeArah.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
I love him, his family and what he stood for on the court and off the court.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020
Kobe and I shared so many special conversations about life and basketball. We had so much in common off the court. I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy. I will miss those conversations and him so much.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020
Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie & I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka & Capri, as well as his parents Joe & Pam & his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020
LeBron James was among those hit hardest by the news. He was seen breaking down on the tarmac at LAX when the Lakers landed in Los Angeles and he was informed of the tragedy.
On Monday evening, LeBron weighed in on the unfathomable loss.
The NBA announced Monday that Tuesday night’s scheduled game between the Lakers and Clippers would be postponed. The Lakers issued a statement, the team’s first public comments since the crash:
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 27, 2020
Of course, LeBron and the rest of the Lakers’ legends were far from alone in expressing their sorrow, as the entire world, both in and out of sports, mourned:
Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban issued the following statement on the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 27, 2020
Statement from Michael Jordan
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 26, 2020
Literally this morning you reached out to me …. I love you forever unc I love you
— Shareef ONeal (@SSJreef) January 26, 2020
Lights for a legend.
Los Angeles City Hall lit in purple and gold starting at 8:24 p.m. this evening in honor of Kobe Bryants storied championship career and in memory of Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and all who perished in todays tragedy.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 27, 2020
A moment of silence for Kobe Bryant and a moving national anthem.
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) January 26, 2020
Everyone knows KOBEs nickname Black Mamba. Black Mambas are deadly not only because of their venom but, theyll strike w/o provocation. Kobe had no friends on the court, but off the court. Kobe had a heart of gold and made you feel like hes known you his entire life. (1/2)
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 27, 2020
41 years doesnt seem like a long time, but IF* youve lived a life as accomplished and fulfilling as KOBE. Its an eternity. R.I.P KOBE. P.S Them one on one games in heaven are about to get real interesting (2/2)
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 27, 2020
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
We miss you already Kobe
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
Tiger Woods reflects on the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 26, 2020
LeBron James in tears as he exits the Los Angeles Lakers team plane following the news of Kobe Bryant’s death. James passed Kobe for 3rd on the all-time scoring list yesterday.
— 12 SPORTS (@12SportsAZ) January 26, 2020
“We’re standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” host Alicia Keys says #GRAMMYs
— Variety (@Variety) January 27, 2020
Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
Beyond devastated… my big brother… I cant, I just cant believe it
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 26, 2020
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant
— NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2020
Perfect from @SeanGrandePBP (radio voice of the Boston Celtics):
“As Celtics fans, we didnt think Kobe Bryant could break our hearts one more time. We were wrong.”
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 26, 2020
MSG just switched the exterior lights to Purple and Gold.
— Connor Nolte (@nolte) January 26, 2020
Neymar paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by holding up the iconic No. 24 after scoring for PSG.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 26, 2020
MSG ceiling is lit up in purple and gold
— Chris Iseman (@ChrisIseman) January 26, 2020
Nooooooooooo God please No!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020
Im stunned. Words cant even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020
Struggling to process what is now a reality. Kobes life after basketball was just beginning and his second act was going to be even greater. His legacy, Gigis legacy both will live on forever!
— Derek Fisher (@derekfisher) January 26, 2020
.@ZO2_ honors Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on his shoes before today’s game
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) January 26, 2020
“He inspired so many people,”
Drew Brees on Kobe Bryant
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 26, 2020
Jeannine & I are absolutely shocked to hear of the loss of one of my favorite people & one of the best basketball minds in the history of the game! Our hearts & prayers to Vanessa & his girls. @kobebryant you were my biggest fan, but I was yours
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) January 26, 2020
My heart is broken for Kobe and his family. Ill never forget the battles but what I really admired was the father he was to his girls. Rest In Peace old friend with your angel Gianna
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) January 26, 2020
I am at a loss for words..Kobe and Gianna you will never be forgotten. What a blessing to see your impact you have had in this world, Kobe. Prayers for the Bryant family. Rest In Peace, little brother and Gigi..
— Karl Malone (@TheDeliverer_32) January 26, 2020
Full statement from Steve Ballmer, L.A. Clippers Chairman, on behalf of the organization:
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe Bryant. I cannot believe I just typed those words. Just impossible to comprehend. He was becoming as big a force in his second career as he was on the court. God bless his wife and children.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 26, 2020
Today’s #Spurs/#Raptors game started with two 24-second violations in honor of Kobe Bryant.
— John Elizondo (@johndelizondo) January 26, 2020
Im heartbroken by this news, you were a true legend, and friend. Rest In Peace @kobebryant, my thoughts and prayers to his wife and kids.
— Tony Parker (@tonyparker) January 26, 2020
Im feeling numb – words cant describe the impact Kobe has had on the world, LA, and the Lakers – not to mention the influence he had in my life as someone I grew up idolizing. I loved him – and send my condolences to all the families who lost someone today. RIP
— Joey Buss (@Jbuss) January 26, 2020
Monty Williams: Basketball is not that important right now.
Rest in Peace,
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) January 26, 2020
Kobe and Gianna meant a lot to our program. Our thoughts are with the Bryant family.
Mamba Mentality will live on forever, but they are deeply missed.
— UConn Women’s Hoops (@UConnWBB) January 26, 2020
Just got back into Dallas and heard the news about Kobe. My heart just dropped and I feel empty.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) January 26, 2020
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) January 26, 2020
We can never forget how precious life is. How those who are special to you and never let them forget how deeply you love them
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 26, 2020
To all of my friends, thank you. Each of you have shared part of yourself with me and made my life better. I have tried to do the same. If you were here I would hug you like I just hugged my family. It hurts that it takes a tragedy to remind us of our mortality.#hugyourfriends
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 26, 2020
Man I dont even know where to start I started playing ball because of KOBE after watching the 2010 finals. I had never watched ball before that and that finals was the turning point of my life. I WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE. Im so FREAKING SAD right now!!!!
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 26, 2020
.@TheTraeYoung walked off the court and hugged his mom a very long time after he warmed up. You could see the emotion on his face.
— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonWSB) January 26, 2020
The Rockets & Nuggets hold a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 26, 2020
Prayers to his family and all the families affected.. This hurt my heart.
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 26, 2020
Incredibly sad news about @kobebryant Prayers and condolences to his family. #RIPMamba
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant was the reason I played basketball with so much love.
Im so sorry to the entire Bryant family.
Tonight is for you.
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) January 26, 2020
Thats a legend. He did so much for the game of basketball. A lot of people looked to Kobe Bryant, including myself.
Lamar Jackson on Kobe Bryant.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 26, 2020
A moment of silence for Kobe Bryant at the
— Courtney Jasmin (@CourtneyWESH2) January 26, 2020
I just cant believe it
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) January 26, 2020
Capitals’ Captain Alex Ovechkin on the passing of Kobe Bryant
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 26, 2020
This times a million
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) January 26, 2020
God Bless Kobe & his family…one of the great competitors ever…life is short & precious…hug your loved ones-#Respect#Mamba
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) January 26, 2020
How absolutely horrifying. Watching Kobe totally embrace post-basketball life has been awesome. Getting to do all the things he didnt get to do while he was playing. Getting so wrapped up in his daughters basketball. The films. All of it. This is just unspeakably awful.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 26, 2020
I really dont know what to say. I feel like crying. My sincerest prayers go out to Kobes family and the entire basketball world, which was also Kobes family.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) January 26, 2020
What a sad day today. @kobebryant youre a legend. I remember being in the front row of a Celtics-Lakers game & u came by shouting my name. It put a huge smile on my face- such an honor to be recognized from the greatest. Youll be missed. Sending my love & prayers to your family
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 26, 2020
My heart is heavy with the news of Kobe Bryant. Prayers go out to his family right now through this unthinkable time.
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) January 26, 2020
.@JoeBiden says he learned of Kobe Bryants death after getting off his campaign bus in Des Moines. It makes you realize youve got to make everyday count, he says.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) January 26, 2020
I mourn with the world. Lost a legend. No words. Im messed up. RIP @kobebryant , Gianna and the rest of the passengers
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) January 27, 2020
For those Kobe fans that are out there, that are feeling like I feel right now, just try and think of all the joy that he brought you.
Brian Shaw reacts to the reported passing of Kobe Bryant.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 26, 2020
— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 26, 2020
This is heartbreaking. Rest In Peace Kobe.
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 26, 2020
Please dont let this be True. Im shaking
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) January 26, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear about Kobe Bryant. To us in Philly he was one of ours. His loss will be felt throughout the city. #ripkobe
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) January 26, 2020
Horrible!!!! RIP my man
— Dana White (@danawhite) January 26, 2020
They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong.
They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them wrong.
They doubted he could make movies and he won an Oscar.
Like all great artists, Kobe Bryant proved the doubters wrong.
Rest in peace.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 26, 2020
This is just overwhelming. It is unreal.
— Joy Taylor (@JoyTaylorTalks) January 26, 2020
Shaking. Sick.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 26, 2020
I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 26, 2020
Just met Kobe while training at his facility for the NFL. RIP to a legend. Gone too soon
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) January 26, 2020
Warriors were practicing when the news of Kobe Bryant’s death broke. They called off practice, canceled media availability. Like every emotionally rocked NBA franchise right now, a ton of people in the organization were connected to him in various ways.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 26, 2020
Kobe lived just down the road. Everyone in the area had nothing but great things to say about him. Rare for someone of his stature. A true legend. Incredibly sad
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) January 26, 2020
Shocked and saddened about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. His mantra was live today to inspire tomorrow and he inspired millions. My heart goes out to his beloved family.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 26, 2020
#KobeBryant you were the greatest. You made our city and the rest of the world so proud. Every basketball fan knew the magnificence of the Mamba. Love and healing to Vanessa and those little girls. God, this is just the worst ever.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 26, 2020
Kobe, We love you brother
Were praying for your family and appreciate the life youve lived and all the inspiration you gave
— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
It is with great sadness that we learn of the tragic passing of @kobebryant. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, the @Lakers and @NBA family.
— Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) January 26, 2020
Terribly sad RIP to a legend who meant so much to so many. You will be remembered forever as the champion you are.
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) January 26, 2020
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 26, 2020
…HE was different. Our discussion not long back was about daughters AND transitions. He sought to make a DIFFERENCE. He just got started & he created many paths.. Ive said many times as a young-HE was the most manner able athlete I ever met. He was DIFFERENT
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 26, 2020
Mamba mentality forever. RIP Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. My thoughts, love, and prayers are with the Bryant family. Always full of love and respect each time we met up. Never forgotten my brotha!
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) January 26, 2020
What terrible, tragic & shocking news about the passing of the legendary Kobe Bryant. My thoughts & condolences go out to his family.
Rest In Peace, Kobe.
— Matt Hardy in LIMBO (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 26, 2020
Ill never forget how delirious with joy #KobeBryant was after he won his #academyawardHe was giddy as he hugged it out with me and @DanStanczyk and was thrilled when I mentioned his tremendous interviews with my dear friend @CabbiePrayers for his family
— Adnan Virk (@adnansvirk) January 26, 2020
No words can express how I feel or how much I idolized this man. Thank you Kobe Bryant
— AJ Epenesa (@ajepenesa24) January 26, 2020
Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, and former NBA MVP, as well as an 18-time All-Star. His 33,643 career regular season points is good for fourth on the all-time scoring list; he was surpassed on that list on Saturday night by LeBron James, and tweeted his congratulations to James after the game:
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
LeBron James wore shoes last night honoring Kobe Bryant, who he passed on the NBAs all-time scoring list. Mamba 4 Life. 8/24 KB
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 26, 2020
Man, this was LeBron on Kobe last night after passing him on the all time scoring list.
Now Im here in a Lakers uniform in Philadelphia, where hes from…Im happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant.
Freaking devastating
— Jeff Barker (@JeffBarker_) January 26, 2020