The death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna has hit the world hard. They were among nine people who died in a fatal helicopter crash in California. According to official reports, Kobe Bryant and Gianna were headed to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game when the accident occurred. Hours after the news hit headlines, condolence messages streamed in from all over the world.
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. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
Former Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remembered Kobe Bryant as ‘a magnificent athlete that inspired a whole generation of basketball players.
Heroes come and go LEGENDS live forever‼️ #8 #24 pic.twitter.com/sYMG8CKN5b
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 27, 2020
Retired NBA player Dwayne Wade also posted a message where he remembered Kobe Bryant as a legend that would live on forever.
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
NBA icon and retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal also shared his condolences. In his message, he expressed his shock over losing Kobe Bryant and his niece Gigi, saying that there were no words to express the pain he was going through.
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
Former US president Barack Obama also sent his love and prayers to Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa and the entire Bryant family as they struggled with this loss.
— Musical Critic (@MusicalCritic) January 27, 2020
At the Grammy Awards held on Sunday night, artistes paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and remembered his life and works fondly.
— Furkan Hasdemir (@furkanhasdemirr) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were known for sharing a passion for basketball and she was widely seen as the heir to his legacy.
— Tenaciious_IM🇰🇪 (@BloodChrists) January 27, 2020
— Chin-Chin Moreno (@morenochin6) January 27, 2020
— Japhitha Romano🇰🇪 (@japhitha) January 27, 2020
This is for you Kobe Bryant and Gianna .
Rest in peace!
— John Paul Roiles (@jpaulroiles) January 27, 2020
Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant and Gianna.