Kobe Bryant was an iconic figure who impacted not just basketball fans but a large number of people across the world so the devastating news of his death in a helicopter crash in Calabasas came as a shock to everyone.
He with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna and seven others were killed in the crash.
The news has taking everyone by surprise as they try to find the words to express what Kobe Bryant meant to them and the world as a whole.
Friends and fans of the legend have taken to social media, expressing their shock at the news, celebrating him for the life he lived, condoling with his family.
From former US president Barack Obama to current US president Donald Trump; musicians, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lil Nas X; sports people, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, ScottiePippen; celebrities, Ellen DeGeneres, Trevor Noah, the tributes keep pouring in.
Below are some of the tributes shared:
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
Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 26, 2020
Jesus this is heartbreaking.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) January 26, 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. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) 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
Heroes come and go LEGENDS live forever‼️ #8 #24 pic.twitter.com/sYMG8CKN5b— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 27, 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
Kobe, We love you brother— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave pic.twitter.com/pxbgLOOmpY
We lost a King. 824— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 26, 2020
😢😢😢😢😢 Kobe this cant be real!!!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 26, 2020
Kobe 🙏🏿— Yung Rénzél 👑 (@RickRoss) January 26, 2020
Love is forever. pic.twitter.com/AtPuLwqtKf— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 26, 2020
Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same.— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) January 26, 2020
"Probably the hardest game I ever had to play. … Honestly, knowing him the way that I know him, he would have wanted me to play."— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 27, 2020
Melo was emotional when speaking of Kobe Bryant's death
"Just knowing him personally, I know he'd want me to come out here and try to ball"— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 27, 2020
Kawhi on Kobe Bryant after the game. pic.twitter.com/3trPWyEVMP