The news sent shockwaves online, with fans, athletes and celebrities taking to Twitter to mourn the beloved 41-year-old basketball superstar.
A large crowd also gathered outside Staples Center Sunday afternoon to mourn Bryant.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement responding to Bryant’s death, saying the basketball “will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles.”
“Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved,” the mayor said.
R.I.P. Kobe Bryant. A great, a legend, someone to truly idolize. My condolences go out to his family and to the families of those who lost their lives as well.2,2373:21 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy287 people are talking about this
Today we @WaltDisneyCo mourn the tragic loss of @kobebryant…a giant in sports and a person so full of life. Terrible news and so hard to process….12K3:31 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy1,801 people are talking about this
Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!112K3:48 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy27.1K people are talking about this
I will never forget this moment.. Your impact on the game, your impact on sports. An inspiration, a legend, an icon, the Goat. RIP Kobe9223:25 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy122 people are talking about this
This is the worst news. Kobe is an all-time great who had his entire life ahead of him. My heart goes out to his family, his fans and the millions of people whose lives he touched. Today Kobe is the greatest of all time. https://twitter.com/spectatorindex/status/1221518442567630849 …The Spectator Index@spectatorindexBREAKING: NBA legend Kobe Bryant and four others have been killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California30K2:44 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy4,602 people are talking about this
We can never forget how precious life is. How those who are special to you and never let them forget how deeply you love them95.5K2:56 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy26.7K people are talking about this
Kobe was a real life super hero on that court & I’m sure he was one to his family. Sending love and prayers to them. This is heartbreaking.47.2K3:25 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy8,199 people are talking about this
Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.90.5K3:21 PM – Jan 26, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy8,931 people are talking about this