The shocking death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant rocked the world on Sunday afternoon. TMZ was the first to break the devastating news of a helicopter crash that involved the former Los Angeles Lakers star and eight others. Bryant was 41-years old.
TMZ reported Bryant died in a helicopter crash that happened in Calabasas Sunday morning. It was later reported that his daughter Gianna was also in the helicopter and the group, which included another player and parent, was heading to a basketball game, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The reactions to Bryant’s sudden and tragic death were of disbelief at first; many began hoping and praying the news wasn’t true. Both Twitter and TMZ were crashing at times due to the frantic reaction of fans hoping the news wasn’t true.
NFL star J.J. Watt was among those who couldn’t believe the news, saying: “Can’t be true. Just can’t be. Truly, truly horrific. Rest in Peace Kobe.” Running back Le’Veon Bell also expressed his utter shock, saying simple: “I can’t believe it…”
Patrick Mahomes and Richard Sherman, who will be facing off in Super Bowl LIV next Sunday, both expressed shock and remorse. Tom Brady also paid his respects.
NBA legends and rising stars far and wide also began pouring out love and sadness and shock all at once.
The Los Angeles Lakers also paid their respects to their former superstar.
The entire sports world was rocked by the news of Bryant’s death. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe tweeted: “heart going out to the Bryant family right now.”
Celebrities also paid their respects in droves. Pop star Bruno Mars called Bryant a “real life super hero.”
Bryant just tweeted at LeBron James last night after James passed his point total. “Continuing to move the game forward. Much respect my brother,” Bryant wrote in what turned out to be his final tweet.
Bryant won five world championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in his 20 seasons with the team. He scored 33,643 points in 1,346 games, averaging 25 points a game over his illustrious career.
The story is still developing, and we will keep you updated as it develops further.
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