Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41.
Bryant's death sent shock waves throughout the NBA where he played for two decades for the Los Angeles Lakers, but his legacy extended well beyond the world of basketball. After his professional career came to a close, Kobe actively pursued his many interests, and received an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball, a film he wrote and narrated that detailed his love for the game.
Kobe's competitive fire and success on the court was respected by everyone who knew him and had the opportunity to see him play, and his impact permeated music, pop culture, and practically every walk of life. On a day like today, celebrities around the world are mourning this tragic loss.
I will remember you 24/8. pic.twitter.com/9IdJTbFPN2— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) January 28, 2020
Damn Bro!! 😥 I hate when I have so much to say, but I can’t put any of it into words. The times I have the most to say are the times that I can’t talk. I’m screaming inside but I can’t be heard. YOU don’t know how hard it is to try to pretend to smile when I have these clouds of emotions. YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and “regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME7O” We were just laughing about how hard YOU was working GiGi and her teammates and I told YOU they need a day off 😂😢 This pain is almost unbearable Champ! Why you bro? Why GiGi? Why leave Vanessa with this Sadness and Pain. WHY? This will never make sense to me. I know I’m not suppose to question GODs Will. I know GOD doesn’t make mistakes. It just seems like It always rains the hardest on those who deserve the sun. There are moments in life when there’s simply NO words to describe the pain within. This is one of them. YOU will continue to be Loved. YOU will be missed. YOU will forever be remembered. YOUR legacy will live on FOREVER. OUR FRIENDSHIP will never be forgotten. I know YOU will be near, Even if I don’t see YOU. PEACE KING!!! “There Are No Goodbyes. Where Ever You’ll be, You’ll be in Our Hearts” All Praise Due #STAYME7O
A post shared by Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) on Jan 28, 2020 at 4:41pm PST
TMZ caught up with several stars during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, and it was clear everyone was thinking about Kobe. Among the celebs that the outlet spoke with included JAY-Z, The Game, French Montana, Hilary Clinton, Swae Lee, Lil Kim, and Offset.
While JAY-Z didn’t directly say anything when asked if he had any words for Kobe and his family, he put his hand over his heart. The Game said to give “his love to Kobe, Gigi, and the family,” while Swae said, “RIP to a childhood hero.”
Kim said she’d “been crying all day. He was my favorite next to [Michael] Jordan. Kobe is in my heart. I love him so much.” When asked how the award show went, Offset said, “It was cool but with the loss of one of the greatest players of basketball. It sucked—that was constantly on my mind.”