NBA legend the great Kobe Bryant died on Sunday when his helicopter crashed and burned into flames due to fog in Suburan Los Angeles. The accident killed nine people including Bryant and his daughter.
41-year-old basketball player was travelling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers as well as the crew. As per details, their Sikorsky S-76 helicopter collided into a rugged hillside in Calabasas. The accident left no survivors.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and twice Olympic gold medalist, is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest basketball players, an iconic figure who became one of his sport’s faces during a dazzling two-decade tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dozens of firefighters and paramedics fought over steep terrain to reach the crash site’s flaming wreckage but found no survivors, officials said.
Among the nine fatalities father-of-four, Bryant and his teenage daughter, were later confirmed. No further information on the identities of the pilot and six other passengers was released.
Bryant’s death sent shock waves throughout the world, with everyone left stunned by the news.
Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie & I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka & Capri, as well as his parents Joe & Pam & his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family. pic.twitter.com/WWxmtEAJqZ— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020
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
We miss you already Kobe ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
Kobe, We love you brother— ye (@kanyewest) January 26, 2020
We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave pic.twitter.com/pxbgLOOmpY
RIP Kobe & Gianna. This is so tragic, words don’t even describe. May God give Vanessa the strength to get through this nightmare 😢 pic.twitter.com/gZWFPOJKgF— Kim Kardashian West (@KKWNavy) January 26, 2020
Tomorrow is never promised and today is never guaranteed. So hold the ones you love a little tighter and tell them how much you love them. Rest in peace Gianna and Kobe.💔🙏🏻 You will be missed but never forgotten. #8#24 #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/kTnaho0IHC— Devon Seron (@devonseron17) January 27, 2020
Found this photo while I was reading an obituary for Kobe and it hit me hard. This is a look I know from my 3 kids when I’m looking in their eyes. It’s love. He was a hero to his girls. Kobe did amazing things on the court but being a loving Dad was his real greatness. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/mkjl8l411H— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 27, 2020
I still can’t believe what happened today actually happened. I’m sure @StuartScott is there to welcome him, comfort him and talk hoops and fatherhood of daughters with him. #RIPMamba and to everyone lost today. pic.twitter.com/G6tGM5nkUA— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 27, 2020
Very somber mood on the plane tonight. Many people hugging and visibly shaken over the news of Kobe Bryant. It doesn’t matter if you’re a basketball fan or not. So sad for the tragic loss of his daughter Gigi along with the others who died today… Hug your loved ones #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/73OGoOrxWE— Krisztina (@krisztinarocco) January 27, 2020