NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles on Sunday morning. He was 41.
Bryant was one of nine people on board the helicopter when it crashed, which was called in just before 10 a.m. local time. An investigation is ongoing.
The news sent fans far and wide to social media instantly, many of whom were simply stunned by the news.
NO PLEASE🙏— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) January 26, 2020
Please don’t tell me this is true . Not Kobe— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) 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
This is not real right now— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) 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
No, no, no, no, no. Please let there be an explanation where this isn’t true.— Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) January 26, 2020
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
We lost a King. 824— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 26, 2020
Man I don’t 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. I’m so FREAKING SAD right now!!!!— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 26, 2020
Wow.— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 26, 2020
Not Kobe— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) January 26, 2020
🙏🏽🤦🏽♂️ RIP to a legend smh— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) January 26, 2020
Please no. Please god no. It can’t be true.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 26, 2020
Can’t be true.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 26, 2020
Just can’t be.
Truly truly horrific.
Rest In Peace Kobe.
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
This is the worst news. Kobe is an all-time great who had his entire life ahead of him. My heart goes out to his family, his fans and the millions of people whose lives he touched. Today Kobe is the greatest of all time. 🙏🏀 https://t.co/saR4dJ7412— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) January 26, 2020
I’m feeling numb - words can’t 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
The sudden and tragic death of Kobe Bryant is hitting Los Angeles especially hard right now just 10 months after the murder of another Los Angeles legend, Nipsey Hussle.— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 26, 2020
It’s too much. pic.twitter.com/9MDcZLFiel
NBA Soul Hurting 💔 #8 #24— 13am Adebayo💥 (@Bam1of1) January 26, 2020
i got nothin.— bomani (@bomani_jones) January 26, 2020
LeBron James wore shoes last night honoring Kobe Bryant, who he passed on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. “Mamba 4 Life. 8/24 KB” pic.twitter.com/EQHTP58pZ5— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 26, 2020
Heart going out to the Bryant family right now. ❤️. RIP @kobebryant— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) January 26, 2020
Several media outlets confirming the awful news. Just can't wrap my head around it. It's like losing someone we all knew, because we knew him. Pure greatness gone too soon.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 26, 2020
Kobe you were my idol... period. Mentality through and through. Thank you. To your family, I wish y’all nothing but the very best. Prayers and thoughts with you don’t begin to describe what we want for y’all. Love and respect to #8 & #24 forever. #MambaMentality #Mamba— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 26, 2020