The world took a major hit Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26) following reports that legendary NBA champion Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash.
According to TMZ, Bryant and at least three others were on a private helicopter when a fire broke out. The outlet has most recently reported that Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was on the helicopter as well. They were reportedly traveling to Bryant’s Mamba Academy in the Thousand Oaks area of California to basketball practice.
According to NBC News, the crashed occurred at around 10 a.m.
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, was not among the passengers on board.
Many are heartbroken as the iconic basketball sensation was widely known and loved.
Kobe’s longtime teammate, Shaquille O’Neal took to Twitter to express his pain for his loss and to offer condolences to the Bryant family. “There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of losing 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 said.
Dwyane Wade tweeted, “Nooooooooooo God please No!”
“My heart is broken sending prayers 2 Vanessa and the kids,” Snoop Dogg wrote on Instagram.
“Just can’t take this one. Sending up prayers to your beautiful family. This hurt for a lifetime... @kobebryant you will be missed for eternity. REST IN POWER,” said Jamie Foxx.
“I’m at a loss for words. My heart, prayers, and condolences go out to the Bryant family #kobebryant #rip #legend” Martin Lawrence wrote.
Kobe Bryant entered the NBA out of high school in 1996, making him the youngest player in NBA history. He won five NBA titles with the LA Lakers and two Olympic gold medals playing for the United States, ESPN reports. He is also the forth all-time scorer in the NBA with 33,643 points. Not only that, Kobe also won two NBA Finals MVP Awards and one NBA regular-season MVP award.
Bryant retired from the NBA on Nov. 29, 2015. His final game was on April 13, 2016 against the Utah Jazz.
He recently celebrated LeBron James surpassing him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Revolt TV sends our condolences to Kobe Bryant’s family and friends.
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Kobe and Gianna may your souls and the souls of the others who were with you Rest In Peace. My condolences and prayers go out to Kobe’s wife Vanessa, his daughters and the Bryant Family. I Love You Kobe and will miss you dearly.— Rick Fox (@RickFox) January 27, 2020
There’s 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 pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Nooooooooooo God please No!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020
I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020
This can’t be true .......— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) January 26, 2020
Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 26, 2020
This is not real right now— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 26, 2020
Quit playing— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) January 26, 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 lost a King. 824— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Kobe! My heart broken ❤️— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) January 26, 2020
Sending prayers for the Bryant family for strength during this time ♀️— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 26, 2020
The world lost a giant today— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant. Also praying for the other passengers that we lost and their families.
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother @kobebryant
Fuckin terrible— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 26, 2020