Moments ago, the news broke that Kobe Bryant was one of five passengers to die in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Now, the world is reacting to the tragic loss with everyone from Dennis Rodman to Dwyane Wade to NBA commissioner Adam Silver weighing in.
Nooooooooooo God please No!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 26, 2020
There are going to be a lot of complicated reactions to Kobe Bryant’s death but I feel all the sympathy in the world for Vanessa Bryant and their four daughters. 41 is so young. And he had a spectacular professional career.— roxane gay (@rgay) January 26, 2020
Much love and condolences to the family of @kobebryant my dear friend and one of the most remarkable athletes this globe has ever seen. May God bless his memory. I’m speechless in the face of this incalculable tragedy. #RIPKOBE pic.twitter.com/h1r1yRb3qh— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace @kobebryant this is so heartbreaking to me especially to die in such a tragic way— Bianca Bonnie (@BIANCAisKING) January 26, 2020
We all mourn the death of @kobebryant. My heart goes out to his family. May he rest in peace. 🙏— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) January 26, 2020
We are completely devastated by the news of Kobe Bryant’s passing. His light, his leadership and his talent had so much impact on our community and we do not have the words to communicate the gravity of his passing. We pray for his family and everyone who loved him!— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) January 26, 2020
Any day can be our last. But if we live each day with the #MambaMentality--ambitiousness, fearlessness, studiousness, gracefulness, the mightiest will to succeed--then we can leave behind an eternal legacy of greatness like #KobeBryant. He left us so much. Rest in our love, Kobe. pic.twitter.com/lpqGbatQW2— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) January 26, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear about Kobe Bryant. To us in Philly he was one of ours. His loss will be felt throughout the city. #ripkobe— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) January 26, 2020
RIP @kobebryant Just an unimaginable loss. Prayers for his family. We were all graced by his talent and humanity.— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) January 26, 2020
The Lakers legend, 41, was reportedly traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down and a fire broke out. According to TMZ and confirmed by ESPN, emergency personnel responded but no one survived. Five people are confirmed dead, however, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, was not among them.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.
Bryant has four daughters and was known to frequently use his helicopter for travel.
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