Yesterday morning, news broke that legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. Sadly, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore also passed away in the crash. Celebrities around the world took to social media to pay tribute to the fallen Legend with heart breaking messeges.
Obama tweeted that Bryant was ‘just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act’, just hours after the retired Los Angeles Lakers player’s Sikorsky S-76 crashed in Calabasas about 10am.”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.”
“Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….” US President Donald Trump wrote
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Football star Christiano Ronaldo So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote “There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of losing my niece 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”
Lights for a legend.
Los Angeles City Hall lit in purple and gold starting at 8:24 p.m. this evening in honor of Kobe Bryant’s storied championship career and in memory of Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and all who perished in today’s tragedy. pic.twitter.com/1una7Aj98Z
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 27, 2020
Bryant’s former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal – “Jeannine & I are absolutely shocked to hear of the loss of one of my favorite people & one of the best basketball minds in the history of the game! Our hearts & prayers to Vanessa & his girls. @kobebryant you were my biggest fan, but I was yours”
“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.” posted Bill Russell, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA champion and league’s all-time scoring leader saldy posted “Nooooooooooo God please No!”
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade posted, “Heart going out to the Bryant family right now. RIP Kobe Bryant.”
US women’s footballer and World Cup winner Megan Rapino – “Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened to hear the horrific news about Kobe Bryant. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this terribly sad time #RIPKobeBryant.”
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne said “We miss you already Kobe.”
NFL Super Bowl winner Tom Brady “@kobebryant Gone much too soon, how devastating to hear of his passing, he gave joy to so many for so long – deep condolences to his family, his friends, his Laker family. RIP Kobe… #lifeistooshort.”
“I’m heartbroken by this news, you were a true legend, and friend. Rest In Peace @kobebryant, my thoughts and prayers to his wife and kids.” Tennis great Martina Navratilova posted.
French NBA great Tony Parker -“Rest in peace Kobe. One of the best sportsmen/athletes that has ever lived. My heart goes out to his family and to all involved in this terrible accident” said former Formula One world champion Jenson Button
Jim Pallotta, the owner of Italian football giants AS Roma posted, “On behalf of myself, the players and staff at AS Roma, we join the rest of the sporting world in mourning the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. Kobe was a true icon and our thoughts are now with his family and the families of all of the victims aboard that flight.”
“The moment you realise life ain’t something to fuck with! If you feel something tell that person! If you miss someone tell that person.. you never know when your time is up!” – Australian rugby union international Quade Cooper
“Speechless and shocked!! REST IN HEAVEN MAMBA.” German football international Kevin-Prince Boateng
“My biggest sports idol is this man right here. Your work ethic and mentality inspired me so much from as soon i understood what it took to become a pro. You were enjoying your new chapter in your life and to leave us just like that is devastating.. i love you so much! You the goat” Inter Milan’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku on Instagram, with a photo of Bryant.
Pop superstar Justin Bieber on Instagram, “It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!”
“Just devastated to hear about #KobeBryant. An extraordinary athlete, and a genuinely kind, wonderful man. Sending love, prayers & compassion to his family. To his entire @NBA family as well.” wrote Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon.
“I hope this isn’t true man!!!” Tristan Thompson tweeted Sunday. “Not Kobe.”
He later tweeted, “RIP KOBE I can’t believe this is true. I’m at a loss for words.”
“Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. “My heart is broken for his wife and family.”
“My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going through,” Taylor Swift tweeted. “Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.”
“DEVASTATED!! RIP??KING,” Chris Brown wrote along with a photo of Kobe.
Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to share a photo of Kobe and daughter Gigi, writing, “Love is forever.”
“This can’t be real,” Khloe Kardashian tweeted. “there’s no way!!! My heart hurts.”
“Jesus this is heartbreaking,” Trevor Noah wrote on social media.
“My heart is absolutely broken today, hearing this news,” Pink wrote on Instagram along with a photo of Gigi and Kobe at a basketball game together. “I am sending light and love and prayers and healing to this beautiful family. ‘he or she who has loved and been loved, has lived’ RIP.”
“My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it. I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families of all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend” Kim Kardashian posted on her Instagram page.