Celebrities and sports activities stars alike proceed to flock to social media and pay tribute to Kobe Bryant.
As we reported, the 41-year-old NBA star and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna had been among the many 9 passengers who had been killed in a horrific helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday. As of early Monday morning, the entire victims of the tragedy have been recognized and new particulars in regards to the attainable reason for the accident itself have slowly began to return out. The investigation remains to be ongoing.
Associated: Kobe Bryant Fan Shares Heartfelt Trade Whereas Mourning The Late NBA Star
Bryant, who performed for the Los Angeles Lakers his complete skilled profession, was thought-about to be one of many best within the recreation of basketball. Within the wake of his loss of life, heartfelt tributes seem like pouring in by the minute.
A longtime fan of the purple-and-gold, Jack Nicholson, gave a uncommon interview to CBS LA sharing his response to the unhappy information. Regardless of staying out of the general public eye in recent times, the 82-year-old actor by no means gave up his ardour for Kobe’s staff and was often called a courtside mainstay. Chatting with the outlet, he stated:
“My response is similar as nearly all of L.A., the place we predict all the pieces’s stable, there’s an enormous gap within the wall. I used to be used to seeing and speaking to Kobe…it kills you. It’s only a horrible occasion.”
After sharing just a few enjoyable tales about following Bryant all through his storied profession, Nicholson added:
“I bear in mind the totality of how nice a participant he was. We’ll consider him on a regular basis and we’ll miss him.”
Right here’s how his former teammates, different celebrities, politicians, and sports activities stars are reacting to the legendary athlete’s premature passing:
Former President and avid sports activities fan Barack Obama provided his ideas on the tragedy writing:
Kobe was a legend on the court docket and simply getting began in what would have been simply as significant a second act. To lose Gianna is much more heartbreaking to us as mother and father. Michelle and I ship love and prayers to Vanessa and all the Bryant household on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan described Kobe as a “fierce competitor” but additionally “just a little brother to me” in an official assertion issued (under):
Assertion from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/oI7w6e7HLI
— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) January 26, 2020
Justin Bieber shared an previous photograph of him and Bryant and expressed disbelief over the tragedy:
“It may’t be. You all the time inspired me mamba. Gave me among the greatest quotes that we smile about to this present day.! Love you man!”
Kanye West chimed in to share condolences for his “brother,” too, including alongside an previous photograph of them:
“Kobe, We love you brother. We’re praying for your loved ones and recognize the life you’ve lived and all of the inspiration you gave.”
Pau Gasol additionally performed alongside Bryant on the Lakers from 2008 till 2014 and shared:
“Past devastated… my massive brother… I can’t, I simply can’t consider it.”
Retired pro-baller and former President of Basketball Operations of the Lakers, Earvin Magic Johnson, shared lovely pics of Kobe and GiGi collectively and famous:
“As I attempt to write this publish, my thoughts is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating information that Kobe and his younger daughter, Gigi have handed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken.”
Jennifer Lopez shared her ideas and provided form phrases to Bryant’s surviving relations in her Instagram publish about all of it:
Ugh. So, so extremely unhappy.
However there’s extra the place these got here from…
Will Smith, apparently, couldn’t discover the fitting phrases and as an alternative uploaded this throwback photograph, captionless:
John Legend tweeted this somber message dwell from the Staples Middle whereas attending the Grammys on Sunday night time along with his spouse Chrissy Teigen:
I am so unhappy and surprised proper now. In Staples Enviornment, the place Kobe created so many reminiscences for all of us, making ready to pay tribute to a different good man we misplaced too quickly, Nipsey Hussle. Life may be so brutal and mindless typically. Maintain on to your family members. We miss you, Kobe
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 26, 2020
And shortly after taking the awards present stage herself, Demi Lovato paid her respects and wrote:
“This makes me so unhappy. Kobe you had been all the time so candy to me. Identified you over 10 years.. not tremendous effectively however we all the time joked about you coming over and taking part in that recreation of horse! You’ll he so missed by so many. You’re a legend with wings now. RIP Kobe 💔💔💔 *replace* I simply heard his daughter Gigi was additionally within the accident and it breaks my coronary heart. This complete household was so candy and now they’re in my prayers heavy. RIP Gigi lovely woman. 💔💔💔”
NFL quarterback for the New England Patriots and legend in his personal proper, Tom Brady, stated:
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
Steve Nash, who entered the league in the identical draft class as Kobe in 1996, shared:
My coronary heart is damaged for Kobe and his household. I’ll always remember the battles however what I actually admired was the daddy he was to his women. Relaxation In Peace previous buddy together with your angel Gianna 💔
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) January 26, 2020
Kim Kardashian West sympathized with Kobe’s spouse Vanessa in her message, writing:
“My coronary heart is so heavy. Nobody ought to ever expertise what the households concerned are going by way of. This has affected us all a lot however I can not start to think about what Vanessa is feeling dropping her husband and her child woman. I cry simply fascinated by it. I’m praying for the Bryant household, the Altobelli household and the households of all who perished on this unthinkable tragedy. Relaxation In Peace Legend”
The usually jovial Ellen DeGeneres joined in and tweeted her honest condolences:
“Like everybody, I’m surprised and saddened by the information about Kobe Bryant. My coronary heart is damaged for his spouse and household”
Lastly, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar mirrored on Bryant’s long-lasting affect in his emotional video publish (under):
Most individuals will bear in mind Kobe because the magnificent athlete who impressed a complete technology of basketball gamers. However I’ll all the time bear in mind him as a person who was rather more than an athlete. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
RIP to Kobe, Gianna, and the entire lives misplaced.
[Image via Instagram.]