Very tragic news this Sunday afternoon: NBA legend and Oscar winner Kobe Bryant has tragically died in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles. TMZ was the first to confirm the news, which was then followed by multiple reports from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times.
While details remain unknown, outlets are reporting that the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection was flying in his helicopter over Calabasis when it caught fire and crashed. Five people, including Bryant, died.
NBA fans and celebrities alike immediately shared their grief and sadness on social media:
RIP Kobe. This is heartbreaking— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) January 26, 2020
I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 26, 2020
My thoughts are with everyone grieving. If the loss of a public figure hits hard, feel whatever you feel. Grief clarifies what we mean to one another and sometimes those connections are unexpected.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) 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
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
This can’t be real 💔💔💔💔 there’s no way!!! My heart hurts— Khloé (@khloekardashian) January 26, 2020
Please don’t let this be True. I’m shaking 💔— Khloé (@khloekardashian) January 26, 2020
Fuckin terrible 😪— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 26, 2020
Bryant was 41 years old. He leaves behind his wife, Vanessa, and his four daughters: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri. Sending love and prayers to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.
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