Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players of all-time and a superstar who transcended sports, has died at 41.
Fox News confirmed from a source that Bryant was among the nine people killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, just north of Los Angeles, on Sunday. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also confirmed the death of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a statement.
Fans and celebrities are reeling from the loss and some stars have quickly taken to social media to share the grief and disbelief.
Just minutes after the news of Bryant’s death, the reality star took to Twitter to share her heartbreak.
In a second tweet, she said: “Please don’t let this be true. I’m shaking.”
The “Talk” singer also expressed dismay on Twitter, saying, “RIP Kobe. This is heartbreaking unbelievable.”
The rapper posted online, writing, “RIP KOBE , SO SAD , SUCH A SAD DAY N SAD NEWS , WE LOVE U.”
“This is heartbreaking,” Nick Jonas wrote. “Rest In Peace Kobe.”
Blink-182 member Travis Barker simply said: “RIP Kobe” with a sad-faced emoji.
Comedian Joel McHale posted a photo on Instagram of Bryant’s iconic jersey.
“So terrible sad,” he wrote in the caption. “#ripkobe You were the best.”
The singer shared a photo on Instagram, featuring himself with the athlete during his early days in the music industry.
“It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba,” he wrote. “Gave me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!
Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel wrote a heartfelt note on Twitter.
“He was great, charismatic & among the hardest-working athletes ever, but what impressed me most was how deeply-involved Kobe was with his 4 daughters,” he wrote. “Pray for them, Vanessa, his parents & his fellow passengers’ families on this sad and shocking day. We will never forget you Kobe.”
Cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter, stating that Bryant’s death is weighing heavily on her.
“Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today,” said Teigen about the Grammy Awards. “This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.”
Rapper Drake shared a photo of the late icon on Instagram, simply writing: “It can’t be.”
Actress Francia Raisa wrote on Twitter: “NO! NO! NO! NO! #KobeBryant” after learning the news.
Reese Witherspoon wrote: “Just devastated to hear about #KobeBryant .An extraordinary athlete, and a genuinely kind, wonderful man. Sending love, prayers & compassion to his family. To his entire @NBA family as well.”
Taylor Swift said: “My heart is in pieces hearing the news of this unimaginable tragedy. I can’t fathom what the families are going through.
“Kobe meant so much to me and to us all. Sending my prayers, love, and endless condolences to Vanessa and the family and anyone who lost someone on that flight.”
Kevin Hart tweeted: “This honestly doesn’t make sense….I just saw you man. This hurts my heart. God please place your hands on his family and help guide them thru this unbearable time.
“We love you forever man…Legends never die!!!! #MambaMentality #RIP…. RIP to the other passengers as well as sending prayers to their families. 🙏🏾”
Leonardo DiCaprio wrote: “Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace.
“Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same,” he concluded his tweet.
Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Julius Young contributed to this report
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