Basketball icon Kobe Bryant died on Sunday when the helicopter he was travelling crashed and burst, killing all nine people on board including his teenage daughter.
The news of his death sent shock waves across the globe, especially the sporting community, politicians, artists, the fans of the star in particular. Social media has been filled with obits, numerous posts in memory of the legend.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist, is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in history, an iconic figure who became one of the faces of his sport during a glittering two-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here’s how people reacted to the demise of the Lakers champion:
The world has lost a legend, and a family has lost its light. May the prayers of millions of people from around the world give #KobeBryant ’s family and those of the others who died in this heartbreaking tragedy courage and strength. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/KUGm6UtLBj— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) January 27, 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
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
My thoughts and prayers are with Kobe Bryant’s family, and the families of all those involved. Today reminds us just how short and precious life is, and a reason to be grateful and celebrate life while we can. Rest In Peace Mamba.— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 27, 2020
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