- NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California.
- He was 41 years old.
- The biggest names in sports began to publicly express their disbelief and remorse at the untimely and tragic death of “The Black Mamba.”
- Many also expressed gratitude for Bryant’s influence on the game and reflected on his enduring legacy.
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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
The 41-year-old was one of the greatest basketball players to ever play in the NBA. Bryant’s untimely passing sparked reactions from some of the biggest names in sports on social media.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the gatekeeper of all things NBA knowledge, confirmed TMZ’s initial report of Bryant’s death:
Kobe Bryant is among those dead in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, a source confirms to ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
Soon after, the biggest names in sports tweeted to express their disbelief and remorse.
Many expressed gratitude for Kobe’s influence on the game and reflected on his enduring legacy.
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
Statement from Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/AqLsRWMxl9
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 26, 2020
As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/X2vF0M0a1u
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) 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
Adam Silver statement on Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/5TV61569El
— Kevin Rashidi (@KevinRashidi) January 26, 2020
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️????????????????
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 26, 2020
I mean I just saw my guy Kobe with the fam in LA at a volleyball game…can’t believe it
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 26, 2020
Speechless. Forever a legend. Kobe.
— Daniel Norris (@DanielNorris18) January 26, 2020
Janet and I have no words to describe our shock and sadness on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant today. Praying for him and his family. ????
— Wayne Gretzky (@WayneGretzky) January 26, 2020
Dammit. Kobe. I am praying for your family. Thank you for the brilliance you brought to not only the game, but to the world. Renaissance Man- Forever. pic.twitter.com/vOUahC3h89
— Lance Allred (@lanceallred41) 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
A legend born & raised right here in Philly…
We're keeping Kobe Bryant's family and friends in our thoughts ???? Rest easy, Black Mamba. pic.twitter.com/lcgOasGd6l
— PhilaUnion???? (@PhilaUnion) January 26, 2020
Nooooooooooo God please No!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020
Can’t believe it… Twitter is the wrong forum for days like this but man…
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 26, 2020
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) January 26, 2020
Tell me the Kobe news isn’t real…
— Tyler Wade (@_tylerwade) January 26, 2020
15 hours ago man… I actually cannot believe this. Praying for his family and close friends. Hoping it’s not true https://t.co/WI9UuuTGQ8
— Cody Bellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) January 26, 2020
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