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.  


😤😔🥺 it can’t be

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🙏🏽😢 🏀 they’ll never be another 24/8🌹

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💔please everyone pray for Vanessa and the family 🙏🏿

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We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe of what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality. A mentality that I would take with me throughout my whole career and still use every day. As the years went by, I watched you do things that seemed humanly unimaginable. And, through ups and downs, championships and injuries, you still remained with an unwavering resolve about your mentality to remain fierce to competition. But, every time we would speak, something started to change... your patience and ease grew. And it inspired me to continue to grow for myself. Years passed, and the “old man” jokes would start to be traded back and forth. We both appreciated a good “ribbing.” We joked about “The Vino Club.” You nicknamed yourself ‘Vino’ to represent how one could age gracefully as a fine wine does. But, you never stopped aiming to inspire me. Your confidence in me was huge - it really affected me because I admired you so much. I don’t mean as one of the greatest athletes ever. I mean as a person. People sometimes can confuse a will to win with a lack of compassion. That wasn’t you. You had both qualities. The last conversation that we shared was about being fathers and what that meant. That was, beyond all the things that we could do in this world, our true legacy. Who our children are and what beautiful people they will become. And, I guess right now, without being able to find all the words, THAT father connection is what is most devastating for me. I am sending my love to Vanessa and your family and to the families of everyone connected in the mourning of this terrible tragedy. My heart is broken and my family lifts you up in our thoughts and prayers. Kobe... You have connected so many of us. The Mamba Mentality will last for all of time. I know that will be a source for me every day as it has been for so many days before. Your legacy is with us. It’s our responsibility to pass it down now. I hope you I can continue to make you proud, Vino. Champ, MVP, Legend, Hero, Inspiration, Father, Friend. I’m gonna miss you, brother. Mamba forever.

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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.”